I was sure we'd lost another chicken last night :(
Scarlet had just rung on a video chat as I was checking on the hens, so I showed her them all, then realised Maude our little Lavendar Pekin was missing - I found her in the nest box slumped, all mis-shapen and fluffed up, head resting on the ground eye open, breathing slowly... so I instantly feared the worst.
I reached in to mover her, and the little bugger pecked me viciously! (well, as viciously as something that small can anyway).
She was just broody! Thank god... I really thought she was a goner!
After turfing her off (even mealworms wouldn't move her), I rescued the five eggs under her (one of which is a rubber one to show the girls where to lay so she'd have had an even harder time hatching that one).
She's on the nest now - but at least I know she's not half-dead.