I need someone to humor my ignorance with this. I have 11 buff orp pullets that started laying in the early fall. Just as others on this forum have made mention, they laid where ever the notion hit them. All over the place. Suddenly one day they all took to the four nest boxes and fixed that problem themselves. What I have been observing is that there will be a pullet in each nest box. They cluck, scratch around, pull straw, then settle down in the box as if to lay. They sit there for a while, mabey 30 min., then casually get up and go about their business. WITHOUT LAYING A DARN EGG! Then later one by one they come back and lay. What are they doing when they do this, practicing? Never in all my years have I seen hens do this. Has anyone else out there observed this behavior? I did have a bo roo (show quality) two years ago that hurrican Rita got, to do something strange. He would go on the nest everyday, pull straw, cluck and fuss like a hen, then sit on the nest for an extended period of time and get off the nest. This was a daily ritual. I finally concluded that he was either a sissy, had a harmon imbalance, or had overdosed on laying pellets. I'm not sure what I would have thought or done had he gotten off the nest and there was an egg there! I am starting to think that I am running a funny farm around here.