For the last 2 years I have let a hen go broody and hatched 6-7 chicks each time. The 1st year, 7 of the 8 eggs hatched and the second year, 6-8 eggs hatched. I was thinking that this coming year, I might do it a little differently. Using my ceramic eggs, I will wait until a hen goes broody (as I have done the last 2 years), but was thinking as soon as I thought I had a broody hen I would put 7-8 eggs in the incubator. After 4-5 days, if my hen was still broody I would swap the ceramic eggs with the fertile eggs and let the hen hatch them. (I don't like removing the eggs from the hen once they are under, so I never check if they are fertile, they just either hatch or they don't. So I thought, if I started with the incubator, I could check before I put them under the hen.) Has anyone tried this method? Does it work or will the hen reject the eggs? Any help is welcome.