We are excited to be part of this online community.
We live in Canada, in the city and we have 3 hens. Last year we hatched them in Kindergarten and we just couldn't let them go so we built them a coup and run in the yard and had a successful winter.
Just in the last week one of our hens went "broody" and started hording the eggs and sleeping on them. Becasue we have no Roo our eggs are not fertile but we didn't want to squander this opportunity. One night when the hens were "sleeping" my husband and I lifted her up, took out the unfertile eggs, and replaced them with 8 fertile eggs. We now get up early and lock the other 2 hens in the run with a makeshift nest box so that they no longer lay eggs under her. We marked the eggs with crayons just in case one sneaks an egg in. She has been sitting dutyful on her eggs for a few days now and we will keep you posted.
This is all new to our little city family and we are just so excited.