I've been out of town a few weeks. Our housesitter called and said my BO wasn't leaving the coop. I thought she might have gone broody but have never experienced it before so I had her take Hope to the vet, who confirmed broodiness. During the rest of our trip, our housesitter has brought Hope out of the coop each day and she does walk around, eat and drink, but prefers to return to the nest box, where she is also sleeping. I returned home last night and when I saw Hope this morning I realized she's missing a large patch of feathers from her breast, similar to when she was molting in the fall. Is this due to stress from being broody? Or is something else going on? My other hen, an EE, has largely stopped laying the past few weeks, laying very small (quail-sized) eggs without yolks or malformed eggs. She is otherwise behaving normally. Any thoughts on what's going on? I'm getting four baby chicks in a month and am hoping the two girls will want to be "moms" to them then. In the meantime, I'd like to know how worried I should be... Thanks.