In the years we've had chickens, several hens invariably go broody every season, and of course we know all the typical broody behaviors: sitting on the nest, fluffing up the feathers, pecking at anyone and everything who dares to come near, etc. However, I think I've also noticed some more subtle sings, what I call for lack of a better word pre-broodiness behavior. As if a hen is preparing to go broody but hasn't quite made up her mind to go all the way yet, such as: 1. Checking out new places to lay eggs, and/or getting more secretive/protective about her eggs. 2. Sitting in the nesting box for longer and longer periods of time each day, until she finally remains on the nest overnight. 3. A stop of egg-laying, usually a day or two before setting. For example my Polish hen, who started laying again a couple of weeks ago, took about half an hour in the nesting box at first. In recent days she sat for hours, but left the box eventually. Today she didn't lay an egg but sat for hours on the fake eggs we always keep in the nesting boxes. So though she's not broody yet I think she's on the way there. Anyone else noticed such behavior in their hens?