I was a bit worried yesterday as I noticed Velma, our massive Brahma beast, was sitting on the nest a lot. She even stayed on it when I went and offered mealworms (something which she'd have gladly stopped mid-laying an egg for!)
So when I went in to turf Maude off the nest (she's our broody Lavendar Pekin) - I received a couple of vicious pecks (broody's are hilarious as they warn you off and peck at any would-be attackers) - luckily as she's so small it really doesn't hurt.
I was slightly concerned approaching Velma as she's a *lot* bigger and probably could hurt you if she wanted to. I approached and she made strange clucky noises, not her usual calls. I reached under her and lifted her up, she was so fluffed out she filled a whole nest-box - she's massive when she spreads out!
She continued to make warning coo's, but didn't peck me at all, just watched me with her quizzical sideways peering.
She realised I wasn't going to give up as I lifted her out (not easy as it's a bit of a reach to the back of the house and she's really heavy), she agreed to leave the (empty!) nest and grab something to eat.
She's back on the nest today though. Silly hen. But a lovely, sweet and gentle hen. I've never seen a broody not peck before... Bless her.