There must be something in the water at my house- 3 (!!!) of my 6 month old hens are broody- two bantam cochins, and one japanese bantam. Winifred, one of the cochins, started the trend a month ago at the age of 5 months! And then this morning I got an egg from my 4 month old goose, which was quite a surprise. All my girls seem to be into reproduction even though they're young, and it's fall! Has anyone else had chickens or other poultry laying and/or brooding early? Any ideas why this might occur?