We have a White Rock mix hen, "Hedwig", who has been sitting on eggs (or so we thought) off and on all summer. She will set for a while, quit, then return. She selected a place to set in a storage cabinet in our barn...took us a long time to find out where she was! We figured she was just broody and didn't pay much attention, but finally we decided..ok let's candle the eggs and if none are fertile, lets take them away so she can quit this nonsense and get on with her life. Well...yesterday, we discovered there are no eggs. I am worried she may be egg bound, but this has been going on all summer and otherwise she seems perfectly healthy. Would she do this if she were egg bound, or is there such a thing as false pregnancy in chickens? We don't know how old she is and whether or not she is past the age where she would lay much if at all, or if, in fact she might be laying somewhere else. Or she might even be eating them after she lays them. Next time we get a chance to catch her, I guess we will try to see if she is egg bound, but I have no experience with this, other than I know what to feel for. Would she actually go to the trouble of hiding the eggs when she leaves the "nest"? Also, we have two other hens who are co-mothering. They take turns sitting on the eggs, and periodically keep each other company. It is charming to watch! Theirs are due to hatch end of this month!