After two years of waiting on my sweet little Booted Bantam, Layla, she has finally decided she wants to be a mom! Yesterday I let her and her rooster, Leo, out of their pen to let them forage in the backyard. Unfortunately, due to her very tiny size and because I've had brushes with hawks trying to steal my bigger girls before, they can't be let out all that often. But after a day of picking insects, she hopped into her nest and hasn't moved since! I breed Silkies, so I know what a broody hen looks like and I know what to do, but she's never gone broody before and I don't know how many eggs I should let her sit on. My Silkie girls can handle 10 eggs without an issue, but Layla is so tiny, I don't know how many she can handle. She only weighs a little over a pound, the normal weight for a female Booted Bantam. Her eggs are tiny too, a bit smaller than a Silkie's. The silly girl was trying to sit on 13 eggs and two golf balls(I let the eggs build up in hopes it'll tempt her to sit on them), and clearly she can't handle that, so I took out the oldest looking ones and the golf balls and left her with 7 newer looking eggs. None of the eggs really felt as warm as they should, I was expecting a least a couple of them to feel pretty warm. Is 7 an okay number for her to sit on, with her being so small and a first time mom? I made sure all seven were able to comfortably fit under her and not be exposed, but she's so small that I don't know if she'll be able to give off enough heat, regardless of if they can all fit under her.
Here's a picture of her(left) and Leo(right) if that helps