Hi All - Hoping to ask a few more questions. My little hen (Tootie) decided to go broody. IF my calculations are correct, tonight will be her 21st night in the nest box with the eggs. Do you count days or nights? When do you start counting? Normally she goes inside the coop to sleep at night. When she refused to go to bed and stayed in the nest box - despite it being pretty cold - I figured this meant to start counting? I have not candled the eggs. Tootie has never let me touch or handle her and I was not sure how much handling of the eggs would be alright? I tried, around day 9, but there was not enough darkness to see anything. The only time I could get an egg to examine is when she comes out for her daily break. I couldn't find a dark place without running off with the egg so I decided to just let her sit and wait. IF her eggs do not hatch - will she abandon the nest on her own? If not, how many nights before we give up?