Early May, our black australorp hen decided to go broody. For those that don't know, that means that the maternal instincts are kicking in and she is wanting to hatch some chickies. Except, there are two problems with that scenario.
1 - We don't have a rooster, so none of the eggs the hens have been laying have been fertile; and
2 - We collect the eggs every day, and once she went broody, she stopped laying.
That means that she was trying to hatch a nest full of straw, which doesn't work too well. Thinking that it was a passing thing, we just ignored her. And she continued to lay on that nest of straw.