I have a speckled sussex that's about 18 months old. She started going through a pretty hard molt a few weeks ago. She's coming out of it but her face is still full of pinfeathers, her tail is only about an inch long and her feathers on her back and wings are probably moving along at the same rate as the tail. She gets picked on a lot (I had to blue kote her wings about 2 weeks ago cause someone pecked her pinfeathers bloody) and hasn't been acting like herself. She usually comes when she's called and always comes running if I shake a container of sunflower seeds (even if she's laying an egg), but hasn't recently. All the other hens that are molting or just molted act weird too, really meek and off by themselves. However, this chicken has been hanging out in the nesting boxes (and one in particular). Others are laying eggs in there, but when I come home from work she's in the nesting box. I assumed she was just hiding from the rest of the flock, but the eggs under her were warm, and there was no poop in the box. I made her get out and she ate and drank and had a huge stinky broody poo. She then got on the roost. She's not acting crazily hormonal like a broody, but definitely weird... So... Can a molting hen go broody? I doubt it. Can I use her as a broody if my incubator gets too full for the NYD hatch? Maybe. Thoughts?