So, I am a Brooklyn, NY girl - born and bred. Moved up to the country the end of 2004 - and here I am with a flock of chickens... I am dealing with all sorts of issues (pecking, wry neck) but I am really enjoying my girls so very much and learning so much as I go... I found my first egg tonight!!! Now... ...the questions come 1) Do I need to clean it? It looks clean and the nesting box is clean with brand new pine shavings. My girls (7 of them) are about 22 weeks. 2) Will the rest of the girls soon follow suit now that the first egg was laid? Or is each gal individual? 3) What does broody mean? 4) The egg seems awful small - I think my Barred Rock (or maybe Dominique) laid it - although I am not positive... but I did see her in the nesting box -- will they get bigger?