Guess who’s broody?

For a week now, Izzy has been sitting on a beautiful nest. With the exception of a few minutes each day when she gets up to take care of things, she refuses to budge.

She has plenty to say when we enter her stall to remove her daily egg:

We’re not ready for ducklings yet, so we’re letting her sit, but not letting her keep her eggs:

She does, however, have a fake wooden egg that she’s taking very good care of:


1510s, “apt to breed,” from brood (q.v.). Figuratively, of persons, from 1851. Also, in modern use, sometimes “full of maternal yearning.”
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper