I've got two bantam cochins setting clutches of barnyard mix eggs, due August 20. So today is day 7. I've also got a batch of silkie eggs probably arriving next Wednesday, to be placed under one of the broodies next Thursday, day 14 for the mutt eggs. I know these girls will last a while broody, as they both sat for at least 5 weeks last time, before I got them settled down in nest boxes away from where everyone else was laying. Their eggs hatched out on the same day last time, and the clutches they're sitting right now are set to hatch on the same day. So I'm going to consolidate these 10 eggs under one of the mamas, and give the other mama silkie eggs to set, on what would have been day 14 with her first clutch. I expect that she could easily last the whole time for the silkies to hatch, a total of 35 days on a nest. But... do you think she'll abandon her nest when the other pullet's babies start hatching? Will her hormones tell her it's time for babies when her sister's babies hatch? They're in neighboring nest boxes, and share a tiny common yard area to stretch their legs. Do I need to figure out something else for my long-awaited b/b/s silkie eggs? Maybe separate the two mamas more? Thanks in advance.