I have a 10 mo old NN that, to my surprise, 2 days ago noticed she spent an extra long time on the nest. She had quit laying completely over the winter and just started laying again 3 days ago. She was there about 4 hrs. I had taken the egg she laid but she was sitting on the fakers. Yesterday, she did the same thing. I tested to see if she was broody by getting the faker and moving it. She got up, went to it and laid on top of again, using her beak to get it under her. (I have 1 long nesting box without separators so they can move around in the box) A little later I actually took it and she freaked out for about a minute but went out side and was fine. Today she did the same for several hours and then went outside for a couple hours then went back in to the box, not laying an egg at all but only using the fakers. Now, I WANT a broody, but I have 2 pullets that, as of today, have only lain 2 eggs and 10 others that I am still waiting on. All 14 of them were born Sept 18th. So will be any time. I would like some of those eggs hatched, but I want to wait a bit to let the others start laying and then get bigger. But I DON'T want her to sit there for very long. If I pull the eggs every day will that break her of the broody? Will she get up and leave every day if I take them like she did yesterday? Or is there something else I can/should do to keep her broody without being truly broody until the eggs are ready? I'm just unsure how to proceed. TIA ETA: I just went out to check on her and there was an egg in the box and she was out. Is she just taking a VERY long time to lay or is it broody? She has been on the eggs since 8 am and at 8:30 was making a LOT of egg laying noises but never did. If she's not broody, is there something wrong that it's taking her 7+ hrs to lay?