I'm new to hens -- have 4 under one year - no roosters. I'm wondering about my Brahma who is the youngest and just started laying last month. The last two nights she has gone into the coop earlier than the others (who wait until the last second before night falls) -- when I checked to make sure they were all in, I saw she was down in a nesting box. Since she hadn't laid an egg that day, I figured she was just laying late. She came out in the morning but no egg. Didn't lay an egg yesterday either. She was out all day but once again went in early last night, I found her in the nesting box again last night, and she was still there this morning -- I have the feeling she's not planning on coming out. As far as I know, she's sitting on one fake egg. She wasn't happy when I reached through the little egg collection door -- I thought maybe I could get her to move out -- she just gave me some high shrill "cheeps" -- please leave me alone! I am wondering if this is what going broody is? I really don't want any chicks (the 4 laying hens is all that we're prepared to handle right now) so won't go out to find fertile eggs for her to sit on. Would really like to change her mind about this so wonder if it would it work to just pick her up and move her out of the nesting box and remove that fake egg (she's gone into the same box both nights, but two other boxes have a fake egg or two in them too)? I can't get to her that easily but will figure it out -- find someone with long arms! Or should I leave her there and put food and water close and just let her sit on the fake egg till she decides she's done? I'd hate it if days and days and days went by, especially since I'm not around all day every day to monitor her. I'm also a little worried because my New Hampshire Red sometimes picks on this one and she's at a disadvantage just sitting there (nesting boxes are on floor along one wall and the three go from door to door of this small coop). I don't quite know what to do, hope someone can give me some advice. Thanks!