Is broodiness a lifelong tendency? Just curious, as one of our 23-week-old Buff Orpingtons is sitting on one or more eggs almost every morning. After I take the eggs she returns and sits on nothing and there's no egg later so I don't think she's waiting to lay. We don't want any new chicks till spring but I'm wondering if she's likely to be a good brooder when the time comes? I do see her out with the other girls in the afternoon, so at least she is not pining away on an empty nest all day.