Isn't it curious how so much human behavior is attributed to chickens? There are numerous colloquialisms in the English language that come to mind: "clucking like hens", "feeling cooped up", "the pecking order", "hen-pecked", "ruling the roost" and my personal although obscure favorite, "scarce as hen's teeth". Well today one of our Rhode Island Reds separated herself from the flock, dug a hole in the straw and has begun "brooding". From what I understand, this behavior should soon lead to some egg production.
I have to admit, from time to time I feel a bit "broody" myself but I usually deal with it by sitting on the couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry's and an old movie. But really, these chickens need to start earning their keep and besides that, we need the eggs!