Out of the umpteen hundred chickens I have (not really, but i have a lot) I have my first broody. And of course its one of only 2 that I DIDN'T want to be broody! She has been in the nest box for two days straight. When I went to mess with her, she burrowed deeper into the shavings. This is a pullet that normally moves away from me, just out of reach. I tried to pick her up and it was like she turned to lead! Haha! I felt underneath her and she didn't have anything there. We have been picking up the eggs every day. She is in with her sister and a young cockeral I'm not sure is doing his business. It's a trio of (yes, I know) Silkies. She laid earlier today. So. I gave her 6 eggs that may or may not be fertile. My bator is full at the moment and will be for some time. I have another one coming but don't have it yet. I figured it was either this or they go bad....because I actually want chicks out of this trio! I just didn't want her to go broody so she would keep laying! But I suppose one laying will be enough for now..... I crammed the eggs underneath her and she didn't budge. I'm hoping she will move them around where she wants them and get comfy. I always heard it is really hard to break them of being broody, so I figured I'd give this a shot. I marked the eggs I put under her in case her sister lays next to her and she steals it or something. How soon after chicks hatch do mamas start laying again? I sure hope she's not going to be one of those that goes broody for the rest of her life!