Hello all, First, let me start by saying I am very new to the chicken world. My children and I own an Old English roo and 3 hens. We originally got them for fresh eggs, but quickly decided 3 hens was NOT going to provide enough eggs for me and 5 children lol! So.... we decided to let a hen set a clutch. It is day 16 and (novices that we are) have 21 apparently fertile eggs. I laugh at myself-I did NOT realize that letting the hen set 21 might be a bit too much! But, Pretty, as we like to call her, has covered each and every egg successfully (candled at 7 and 14 days). My kids and I are soaking up every bit of poulty knowledge in the past month, and are learning greatly. I have a question about the hen staying broody after this clutch hatches for an INCOMING group of eggs. I mail ordered silkie bantam eggs and they will be here very close (within a day) of the already (hen setting) incubating eggs. What I need to know is, will she stay broody enough to be able to hatch out my silkie mail order eggs? I plan to take the newly hatched chicks and put them in a brooder, so will I be able to keep her in the broody mood for the new set of eggs? And, should I clean her nest area and put new bedding down, or will that turn her off from brooding? I did not want to have her set a consecutive clutch, but my other 2 hens are not getting broody yet. One of the other girls is starting to loose some chest feathers, buts shows no interest in staying on the nest yet. I am concerned I may not have a broody hen to hatch my arriving silkie eggs (and no, I do not have an electric incubator at this time). Any help will be much appreictaed!