Tell that to my broody lady! The first egg was not even a month ago and she has been semi-broody for over a week!
Yeah, that can happen, but usually doesn't. That's why I only said unlikely, not impossible. I have a had a few that went broody very soon after they started to lay, but most will lay at least a couple of months before that happens, and of course, if they're a non-broody or seldom-broody breed, they may not ever go broody.
In any case, no reason to leave the eggs in the nest, until you have a broody, and want to let her hatch eggs.
Good idea, Fanny. The coop has all sorts of shelves and different areas that they could lay in. But I'd prefer if they lay in a few select spots so that I can find the eggs easily. I'll put a golf ball or two in the nesting boxes and hope that gets the message across.
Remove all eggs. Leave golf balls or fake eggs if they need something in the nest to get them to keep laying in the correct spot or if you want to try to trigger one to go broody. Eggs are likely to go bad before a hen gets around to sitting on them and then you have to keep straight which eggs are fresh and which ones you left sit around.
Since they just started laying, they aren't likely to go broody for awhile.
Tell that to my broody lady! The first egg was not even a month ago and she has been semi-broody for over a week! wink
And my silly seramas. All 5 hens hadn't been laying a month when one by one they decided to start going broody. They are picking the worst spots possible though so I keep moving them but they are too stubborn to sit where I tell them. After a few days the one or 2 I've been moving give up and within 2 days another is collecting eggs and puffing up at me in the barest, dirtiest, highest traffic corner she can find. I've hardly gotten any eggs from them because from the time they've been old enough to lay they have been set on hatching the eggs from the 3 sebright hens in with them.