I think we may have our first broody! My husband went out to collect eggs when we got home this evening to find our blue orp, Gloria, sitting on the nest, fluffed and growling at him. This is very uncharacteristic of her, not only is everyone done laying by the time we get home on Tuesdays but she's always been the type to cast you a wary look when you open the nest box and move if you reach in there. Tonight, my husband lifted her up to get the 5 eggs laid today out from under her. I just went out to pull the waterer and checked, and she is still there (last few weeks she's been sleeping in the doorway to the coop). We'll give it a few days to see if she's serious, but my husband did mention that maybe we could buy a few hatching eggs to slip under her! Which brings me to the real question at hand, are there any tricks to setting shipped eggs under a broody hen? I know shipped eggs are always a gamble, and I know that it is generally recommended to let them set undisturbed for 12-24 hours before setting them in the incubator (as well as incubating them upright in turners or egg cartons). But the few things I've read about hatching shipped eggs have all been for incubation using an incubator, not a broody hen.