...one of my australorp hens will kind of hunker down, stomp her feet, and raise the feathers on her neck when I pet her or go to pick her up. Any thoughts on what this behavior means? She does Not act aggressive towards me or anyone, and she calms right down when I pick her up(never struggles to get away or anything). Odd? At first I thought it was a dominant display, but that didn't make sense. Then I thought it might be a protective thing, as I noticed this behavior shortly before we found our first egg. But, she does not try to run or get away, and she will do it in and out of the chicken tractor. When I pick her up she calms immediatly, then I will put her down, and maybe pick her up a few moments later. The second time I pick her up she doesn't do this behavior and just immediately goes calm/limp in my arms. Weird? I am just not sure. Also, what exactly Is 'broody'? Just staying/sitting on a nest not wanting to give it up? or what? Thanks in advance for all the advice and insight!!!