So, sugar is supposed to be around 20-24 weeks. She is a black australorp. She has been laying for about a month now..since we got her. (From what turned out to be not such a reputable farmer..but that's besides the point) Lately her feathers have been looking pretty ragged and she stopped laying. Its been over a week since we have seen an egg from her. Now, she is showcasing some broody characteristics but then it's like she just shuts it off. She spends a good portion of the day sitting on a fake egg in the coop and then the other half running around with the rest of the flock, but if I move towards the coop she is right there checking me out. Today, I found a pretty small egg.. which could have been hers but I am just not sure.. after going that long without laying wouldn't the egg be bigger? Also, darker in color maybe? We have two girls that are laying (Sugar and our other black australorp hen) and two other pullets that haven't laid yet. I am wondering one of the other girls laid this tiny egg... when a hen goes broody she can't lay eggs, right? She almost looks like she is in molt.. but they aren't supposed to go through their first molt after a year of age at least? Makes me wonder if the farmer mislead me on her age.. which is not surprising after all that I went through initially with these chickens. Any and all advice on all matters would be appreciated. I can post pictures of her tomorrow. Her feathers and her doing her "broody thing". If it would help. And.... go!