So, I have a lovely Barred Rock named Dorothy. She gave me my first egg about 5 weeks ago (at 21 weeks old) and has laid almost every day since. Of my two birds laying so far, she is (was) the most consistent. I thought Barred Rocks don't get broody? And especially not so young? Last week, while on vacation, I got a text message from my sister, who was house-sitting for me. "Sooo, one of the black and white chickens hasn't moved for three days, she is sitting on an egg and won't let me have it." Yep - sounds broody. I just told her to try to get the egg away without getting pecked and ignore her. Got home yesterday and peeked into the nesting box, yep, there she is. I took her off the golf ball she thinks is her baby and put her down by the food and water. Checked this morning, yep, there she is again. Took her off the nest again. Now, I know there are lots of threads about how to "break" a broody, so that isn't my question. My question is, if I'm not interested in "breaking" her per se (mostly because I'm lazy/busy with other things), how long could this phase last for her? I don't mind taking her off the nest every day but I don't have time to make a project out of it. I don't necessarily need the eggs from her. And, no, I can't let her hatch. I have all the chickens I need. Thanks for any input!