hi byc! i'm worried because my hen might be broody and 1) i am not going to raise / do extra work for chicks. did that before, its such a pain... but i love chickens (even though the young'uns are cute, i think it is funner with the full-growns/maturing chickens) So today my hen was... susceptible. She was in the nest box, head kind of in her body, quite poofy. When i put my hand near her or under her stomach she does not peck or growl or go SQUAAAK. I test her. I put an egg I got from another hen in front of her. She rolls it under her tummy and then just sits. Did it with a golf ball and another egg, she took them. Before she did this but she stopped brooding that night. Tonight she was in a diferent box (removed her) and she looked broody. Aw, darn. But is she? She is seldom aggressive, and she doesn't squak at me. Thanks guys. I am worried because she is our most consistent, powerful egg maker. Best in town.