My darling hen Trudy has been spending the nights on the nest so I decided to let her collect a clutch of eggs. She lays an egg about every other day, so it has been taking a while for a "clutch" to come together. As of last count there are 9 eggs in her nest and the oldest egg in there is about two weeks old. I'm not too worried about these eggs getting stale because I have another source of fertilized eggs should she begin setting. My question here is: does she have a clue what she is doing? I sure don't! She is a yearling hen and I wonder if she is just going through the motions, but might not get broody at all? Can anyone tell me is she is on her way to motherhood or just testing the water? On another note, I don't even know if these eggs are fertile. She has a tom all for herself but I hardly ever see them mate. Honestly I think she loves me instead of her mate. She squats for me and seeks my attention all the time, comes running when she sees me and follows me around (and that is not food-motivated because I hardly hand out snacks to her). She crawls on my lap whenever she has a chance. Is my lovely Trudy gender and species confused???