My lady, Meriadoc, had been broody for about a month. Wouldn't leave the coop AT ALL, refused to eat or drink... This is the first of any of my girls to show signs of being broody in the least, so I marked 3 eggs and let her sit on them... She has barely left the coop other than to eat and drink for a few minutes in the morning. There's been a couple of times that I've caught her sitting in the wrong eggs and I've had to shew her back to the 3 marked ones. I'm not sure if they were fertile or not. I tried to candle one and it just looked like the egg was completely black save one light air pocket in the pointy end. Today is the 21 day mark... Should I let her sit for a few more days and see if they hatch at all? Or when should I take them away from her if they don't hatch? I guess I'm asking how long should I let her sit on these eggs past today's date? I know that generally the first time they don't always do a great job at turning them appropriately or sitting on them right - so I'm not really expecting them to hatch. I guess I'm just curious about others experience with first time broody hens.