My hen went broody so I went for it (first timer). I put 12 eggs under her. We are down to 7. She kicked one out on day 2 and yesterday I found one busted (yolk everywhere), 2 cracked and another made it out of the coop with momma hen and I stepped on it not knowing it was there. I cleaned up the remaining eggs and removed soiled shavings from her nest. Here are my questions: 1. I would like to candle on day 10 (tomorrow). We live in Texas and have had good weather until now. It will be in the teens tomorrow night which is when I would need to candle. Is it worth removing her from the nest on such a cold night to candle? Or wait until later? She's in a nesting box in the coop. It's raised off the ground and moving her is somewhat awkward. I've never dealt with my chickens "during their sleep". Is it true that she won't care what I'm doing? She's pretty protective during the day and growls and pecks me when I reach towards her. 2. Because our coop is off the ground, I don't want her to hatch in there. We are going to build a temporary "maternity ward" for her and the chicks so our dog doesn't mess with them as well as other predators. (My chickens free range). From what I've read, I should move them on day 17. Is this correct? Move during the night? My nests are plastic tubs filled with pine shavings so I can literally just pick up the tub and move the whole thing so there shouldn't be any disturbing of the eggs assuming momma will stay "asleep". Thanks in advance for insight, advice, and suggestions.