Well it is looking like my 5 1/2 month Austalorp has gone broody. It's not definate though. She has only been laying for three weeks and has always liked to remain on the eggs for quite awhile. Of course she's on the favored nest box. She's not puffy or grumpy though. I was able to shoo her off the nest and retrieve the eggs she was sitting on. She got down and began eating quickly but she got right back on the empty nest. She's head honcho around the coop and likes to keep others away from coveted things. One of the younger Production Reds was waiting her turn. She'd go and check out the other two boxes and then went back to the one that Rose was in and stand there staring at her. Rose slowly turned her back so she wouldn't have to look at her. A few questions though. Isn't 5 1/2 months too young to go broody? Could she just be playing keepaway from the others? There are no velocaraptor sounds or unusually huge poos (not yet). How long will she stay broody? Will the others chose another nest box or start laying them everywhere because they can't get in that one? Or will they lay on top of her? I know, I know. It could be a combination of any one of those scenerios but I need to know what I'm facing here.