We've got one Production Red / RIR pullet that's just started laying about 10 days ago. Now she's laid claim to the biggest nesting box, and keeps rolling around and checking the two eggs inside it. She's been doing this off and on for a week, and today, hasn't left the nest in the last 4 hours. Isn't she a bit young to go broody? And isn't it rather late in the year for one to WANT to set a clutch? I've got 18 2-day-old babies, but I don't want to put them with her in a brooder cage if she's just going to kill them, rather than raise them. How long does it take to REALLY KNOW that she is broody, and ready to raise a brood? I had another hen go broody, and hatch a clutch in July. She commandeered a nest the same way, but didn't mess with the eggs any. After only two had hatched, she abandoned the nest, and I ended up hatching out three more in the bator, and raising them by hand. The hand-raised ones are only half the size of Mama's babies (all 9 weeks old). I'd much rather have a hen raise them If I could.