Hiya all - I've a permanently broody hen who is doing less eating and more putting stuff on her back - what does this behaviour correlate to? Is it like she's trying to disguise herself as a shrub to protect her chickens? Is it to keep the (imaginary) rooster away from her? The rooster is imaginary, because although we had one, he was taken by a fox during the summer and I didn't replace him. The hen is mad broody though, and wouldn't sit for more than 2 days when the eggs used to be fertilized....now though, she's been sitting for a month (and I don't want chicks, it's coming into winter and I have enough hens - can't sell them round here either as everyone has them!) So the poor hen is going a little strange I think! Does this account for the leaf carrying?? How will I change her behaviour?