We have a Rhode Island Red named Rita who is about 23-24 weeks. Several of our Sex Links are very close to laying their first egg, and 2 of them have started. I honestly didn't think Rita was close, so I didn't even bother to keep an eye on her. She laid her first today, however. She didn't even try to stay on the egg after. She immediately got back up and went back to her day. When she saw me cleaning out the coop for the day - which is when I noticed the egg in the makeshift nesting box she created in the corner of the coop not 12 inches from the actual nesting box lol - she ran into the coop. She proceeded to cuss me and my husband up and down until we gave her a cricket treat. She was beyond pissed off that we moved her egg. She already honks more like a goose than clucks like a chicken, but she was just about barking like a dog at us. Is this her going broody even though she didn't try to stay on the egg? Or is this her just becoming protective of her eggs?