Good morning Peeple! I've read Damerow's book Raising Chickens etc, and the part about broodie hens. One question I have is, when an Orpington decides she wants to sit, or go "broodie", will she lay a clutch right off, as in a day or two apart, 5-6 eggs one after the other? or stay on the nest and do one egg a day till she has a dozen or so then sit? I read that she'll peck and growl at you if you try to move her off the nest too., so if and when she sets, is it best to put her and her eggs in a separate brood coop at night? or just do it whenever? If you move her and she throws a fit, will she stop / reject her clutch? We're looking forward to when one or a couple of the girls get "in the way", and I'd just like to know the signs beforehand. Right now everyones happy, laying one a day for the most part. ( 5 hens and a roo ) They're about 28 weeks old, give er take a couple weeks. so I suspect that this coming spring / early summer, someone's gonna want to become Mom. Also, What about the molt? They won't brood if they are about to, or during correct? What triggers the motherly instinct in a hen? Top have chicks???