I have another question.. Is it possible for a hen to lay an egg the day after she hatched chicks? I'm wondering now if she was ever really broody or just decided to be a mother.. lol. She's separated from the other hens for now, just hatched a chick yesterday. Today I found an egg just outside her nesting box. She had 2 she was sitting on & I'm not sure if the other egg is still in the box or not.. The eggs were marked, this one was not marked & candling it showed nothing in there. (it also sank in a bowl of water, I would assume it would float if it had been the one she was sitting on?) Now I'm wondering if she was ever really broody.. she didn't act like it, except that she stayed in the nesting box for the majority of the 21 days. She was very tolerant of me & the other hens. I would say she was, in fact, very sweet. Can a hen decide to set on eggs without being broody?