One of my hens has been broody for about 13 days. I finally got her some eggs to sit on 3 days ago - she was very happy. I was away tonight for longer than normal and when I got home and went to close in my hens there had obviously been a tussle and she was missing with 1/2 of her eggs broken in or around her box. The rest of the girls were on their perch and fine. (My husband suspects a racoon came in, went for the eggs and when she didn't give them up easily he took her instead.) Needless to say, I'm HEARTBROKEN as she was my first broody hen and I was really looking forward to her hatching these eggs and being a mama. 6 eggs seem to be intact and in good condition. I've been looking at the incubators online and am quite confident that my husband can easily build one of the cooler or styrofoam cooler ones - but I need some advice. First of all...how much time can the eggs sit before being placed in an incubator? If we can't get the stuff together and built and stabalized should I even bother keeping the eggs or am I just giving myself false hope? Do I start their 21 days over...or does her sitting on them for 3 days count for anything? Next - I'm trying to read the highlights on the "how-to" page focusing on Bill Worrell's Dry Incubation page (but feel in my emotional state that I'm missing the bullet points of how to incubate eggs). Does anyone have anything to add, or any sidenotes that a newbie should know? I'm talking the BASICS! - Where do you get an old computer fan on short notice? - What's a water wiggler and where is the most likely place to find one? - What type of thermostat have people found to work best? Any help would be appreciated. The easier this project is the better, as my poor husband won't be able to deal with my emotions and a failing project!