This is my broody's first set of eggs that she's on. (And our first experience with a broody hen!) DH and I noticed her sitting on them in a hidden nest on Sept 1st. We had to move her from her nest in the grass to the tractor last week due to fire ants. She started out with 21 eggs, then was seen eating one. She was down to 17 when we moved her and now is down to 15! There was a really foul (no pun intended!) smell in the coop on Saturday, so when she got up I carefully moved all the eggs and put new hay in the nest box for her. (That's when I counted 15 eggs.) There was yolk on some of the remaining eggs and I found some shell (and yolk) in the hay that I took out. The coop smelled a lot better for a day, but yesterday the smell was back and was really strong. Does it sound like some of her eggs are rotten? I know they should be hatching right about now. I have candled some of the eggs and have seen development but no movement. (I was hoping they were just shy!) What should I look for at this point, and how long past today should I leave the eggs in there? I'm thinking if there aren't any eggs that hatch I'll put five or so under her and start counting from there. I'm starting to get bummed about this. I was sooo hoping to have some babies.