Okay, so I've had this hen, Tikka, a sexlink mix. She's really had a rough go of the broody thing. I would love for it to work, but if it turns out she just sucks at being broody, I'm not gonna keep trying. Broody Time #1 I left her in one of the nesting boxes, where the other hens lay. Someone suggested that I just mark the eggs I want her to sit on, and if anyone else tries laying in the same box, I'll know which eggs to remove. So I started her with probably 8 eggs. This turned out to be ANNOYING. They ALL laid their eggs on top of her, and I'd go out to check every day, and she'd be sitting on (or trying to) like 15 eggs. I pulled the eggs out every day, but once in a while I'd notice one of the marked eggs sitting outside of her warmth while other eggs; just laid, were happily incubating underneath. She ended up only hatching out 1 chick, the rest of the eggs never hatched. Broody Time #2 This happened only a couple months after the first time. I was surprised that she even went broody once, and then I come out and she's trying to sit on eggs again! This time, I separated her. I only put 5 eggs under her. She had her own little spot with everything she needed and peace and quiet to get the job done. Unfortunately, I didn't candle the eggs, so I'm not sure if they were 100% fertile. We had just thrown a bunch into an incubator, from the same flock, and probably 38 out of 42 were totally fertilized. I assumed the same ratio was probably true with the eggs I put under her. 3 weeks go by, and Tikka has been pretty peaceful and quiet the whole time. She's moved around a little bit in her cage, but she's on eggs every time. She did have a little scare with one of my dogs, he jumped the fence and was able to get the cage door open, and had her cornered. But we got the dog out of there, and she sat back on her eggs, and all seemed to be well. Except no chicks hatched. None. I cracked the eggs open, and they were just straight liquid. And rotten. So what's the deal? Were the eggs bad? It's been 100 degrees here, could the temperature have had something to do with it? Is Tikka just sucky at being broody? I don't think this is her fault, but she's had quite the string of bad luck! And the eggs. WHAT IS WITH THAT COLOR? Is that cause of the heat? It looks to me like none of the eggs ended up being fertilized? Well, actually, one of the ones not in this picture had veins running all through the liquid. But it stopped very early in the process. Was that Tikka's fault? Help me understand the science of broody hens! Haha, I have had such bad luck! Even with my silkies, they failed miserably at being broody! It's not going well. From attacking their own chicks to smashing each others (I had 2 broody at the same time, and they kept switching boxes and fighting over eggs) it's just been ANNOYING! But I want to order hatching eggs someday and be able to put them under a hen! I just need to make sure they can handle it first! Help!