Do hens go off lay when they are broody? One of my hens - I think it is only six months old - has gone off lay the past 3/4 days and has spent long periods of time sitting on her nest. I have tried removing her box but she then sits outside on the grass or a paving slab. She makes a strange clucking sound unlike in previous days. If I force her out, she eats very little and then tries to get back onto her nesting box, but will at times graze and scratch around outside on the grass for an hour or so. Her poo seems normal. I am not sure whether her behaviour is indicative of broodiness or whether she might be sick?