This is my first experience with a broody hen and I know very little about what to do with hen and chicks except for what I've read here on BYC. Miss Muffin, my silkie hen sat on an empty nest for two days. I had an order for some of her eggs, and had already shipped the first half of the order, and had begun working on the second shipment. I had only ONE of her own eggs at hand to give her, so gave in and slipped it back under her. Not wanting just one chick though, I opted to give her two BO eggs as well. It wasn't but a couple days that I noticed my BO egg production was down. After several days of fewer eggs... I looked under Miss Muffin and found a total of 5 brown eggs!! A couple days later, I checked again to find 8 eggs! At this point, I was a bit upset with my little hen and opted to move her and nest inside the house to prevent any more theft. She pushed one egg out of her nest, but continued sitting on the other 7. This morning, we woke to peeps coming from her doggy crate and discovered two beautiful little BO chicks. Now I have two concerns. First, she is still sitting on her nest, but I'm wondering if she will tire of sitting on the remaining 5 eggs to tend to her new babies? This will be a staggered hatch. I'm wondering if I should take the chicks from her or leave them? Should I prepare the incubator in case she abandons her nest? Also, the temps have dropped drastically here, and I'm concerned about moving the babies and Mom back outside to the coop. I never considered the fact that I might get stuck with babies in the house all winter! I absolutely love hatching eggs under a broody and may toss the incubators! This has been way too easy! Any advice for a newbie broody owner would be much appreciated.