I posted this as a reply in another post but it didn't get any attention so here it is again in its own post. This might seem like a dumb question, but do broody hens have to sit on the nest/eggs to be broody? My welsummer doesn't stay in the coop were the nesting boxes are; however, when shes outside with our other hens it looks like she builds a "nest" and sits in the back corner fluffing her self up. She spends most of the day there in the same spot. When I have treats though she gets up and comes over to me. I don't know what with her like I said in another post she kind of does her own thing and avoids the other hens. We know shes already laying but we are not exactly sure how old. We've only had her for two weeks she we either have a broody hen or a older one. Thats her and I have put her picture in other posts. But yeah thats were she still all day every day!