I really believe I have 2 broody hens. It started about 2-3 weeks ago. These 2 hens, a Plymouth barred rock and buff Orpington started staying in the nesting boxes day and night. At first I thought they were just warmer there, but even during free range time and treats, they stay put. The B.O. Growls at me when I get eggs from under her and the P.R. Pecks at me viciously. HOWEVER, the last 2 days I have actually seen the P.R. Lay an egg. She stood up and out it dropped. I thought that broody hens stopped laying. So I am confused. Is it because we keep removing the eggs that keeps her laying? My other question...will my hens stop being broody soon and if not is it safe to keep doing what we are doing? We don't want chicks till spring. I need some advice on how to handle these broody girls. I don't mind getting growled at and pecked, but I don't want to compromise their health if in fact they continue being broody. Thanks in advance!