I think that there is the distinct possibility that Dolly just might be going broody again. Last night about half an hour before I locked them in for the night, Dolly was sitting in the nesting box. Once again, I could pet her. I reached underneath and found a warm egg snuggled into her chest feathers. I removed the egg. She did not leave the box. If she is broody again, I can not believe it! She has only been out of her last broody state for 2 weeks!
I thought about her all evening. This morning, I went out and they all came out together. Dolly was outside enjoying fresh water and scratch. Just now, I went to check if she was in the box. She was outside in the run. I found an egg. Tilly laid an egg and somehow it ended up outside the box. Tilly never lays outside the box. Last time Dolly was broody, I found her stealing other chickens’ eggs and rolling them into her box. She was so desperate that she tried to sit on everyone’s eggs. What is going on in there? I think that I am going to clean the coop today; maybe that will throw the flock off and distract them. We might have some adverse weather tomorrow. I just hope the forecast doesn’t call for rain and snow with a chance of broodiness.