Ever since she had laid her eggs, the hen had been acting moodily. She always did this when she had too many, so it was time to gather them up. The farmer found the hen on the nest, but suddenly something moved underneath her. And, what’s more, it definitely wasn’t a chick.
In April 2012 a social media user with the screenname Virnovus uploaded some astounding pictures to imgur. To be more specific, the images showed the OP’s chicken at their home in western New York, and that month the hen had been particularly broody.
That is to say, she felt the call of parenthood and had the desire to raise chicks. And while this behavior is usually the result of a chicken who lays eggs and wants to see them hatch, it isn’t always the case.