I have a 2 1/2 year old production red hen. She's really friendly and a good producer. But sometimes, usually during the summer months, she'll sleep in the nesting box and act like she is trying to lay an egg. When I gently pet her neck, back and rear, she'll get up and reveal one or two eggs that she's been hiding. Sometimes one of them are her eggs, other times they all belong to the other hens. Once a get the eggs, she'll squak a little, wander around the coop and get up on the roost. Other times she'll sneak back into a dark corner of the coop and go to sleep on the floor. Here is a picture of her late night activities Her egg hiding doesn't bother me, but I was getting some ideas. If I snuck a few fertalized eggs underneath her, do you think she might hatch them? always though PR had the broodiness bred out of them, is her behaviour normal. Finally, at her age, egg production has diminished greatly frtom her first year high. She is only producing 2 or 3 eggs a week. Could the brodiness be affecting it?