Will a broody hen lay no eggs? I have a hen that will not leave the nesting box (unless I pick her up and remove her) but is not laying on any eggs, and I do not think she has laid any. She has been this way for 3 days now and from what I read she might be broody. She stays in the nesting box day/night, and is a trance like state and she yells at me when I come near her A few times a day I go in and fiscally remove her and put her in the outside run. She is acting normal (other than the nesting thing), she eats and walks around, and after a few minutes goes right back to the empty nest. I have checked her over and do not see anything wrong with her from what I can tell. She isn't breathing funny, etc.... So I guess to make a long story short, could she be broody even if she isn't laying on eggs?