i guess i need to write things down. i had collected six eggs from my Showgirl Rooster and his Showgirl girlfriend and gave them to the only broody hen i had at the time, in another pen. i gave them to her sometime in late October - i thought maybe it was the 31st, or maybe the 28th. i was thinking i had another week or so, and have not even candled them yet. So just now i was out working on my coops, trying to figure out how to incorporate my eldest kid group and mom into an existing pen. Heard a baby chirping, but the sound wasn't coming from my shed (the nursery). Ran into my big silkie pen and into the coop to find a little white showgirl flopping around inside a nest box. The broody was out eating and scratching around. Grabbed the baby and ran inside and made my husband hold it while i ran back out to see if i could get the broody back on the nest. Well, she was back on already so i retrieved the chick and slid it back under her, while she pecked the beejesus out of my hand. Got a hutch set up in the shed and put her inside, nest box and all. Hope she's going to be a good mom. This is her first time, and i'm not impressed that she was off the nest while her newborn baby was flopping around in the cold. i guess we will see. i really gotta remember to write things down.