I have been wanting a hen to go broody. This past Saturday one of my Marans went broody so I seperated her and gave her a few eggs to sit on. Yes I was excited! She seems very determined!! All was OK, until Monday/Tuesday when another Maran seemed to be exhibiting similiar broody traits....screeching, puffing up and pecking at me when I tried to check her for eggs while she was siitting in the nest. The next day my 3RD Maran starting doing it too!! UGH...went from none to 3 in less than a week!!!! Is broodiness CONTAGIOUS?? I hadn't given the other two hens eggs until last PM when they seem to be getting more persistent!! So I gave in and gave them an egg each. I don't have the room to seperate them also....so only the first one is in my hastily made "broody" pen. It is an old kitty litter box with a top on it and she is in a small pen in a darkened corner of the barn. Any comments or suggestions??