Hi, I have only been chicken keeping for one year now. I have a Buff Orpington who has just gone broody. (my first) Its been about 4 days now, and while I can get her off the nest for a while, she has always been going back to it after about an hour or two of being off. She is really acting nutty, that's for sure!!! I don't have a rooster, but I was thinking about getting a few more chicks this year that are of another breed. (I have 7 chickens of 4 different breeds) I heard about putting fertile eggs under a broody hen, so I thought why not try and have her hatch my new chickens. I've never done this before, so I'm not even sure it is going to work. I'm worried it would most likely be a waste of money. I don't have a incubator either, though I have a friend who told me if I wanted, I could borrow one of his sister's incubators. I noticed that there are people here that sell fertile eggs, however, I am looking to have only about 5 or 6 new chicks. Because of the size of my coop, I don't think that having any more than that would be a good idea. Most of the eggs for sale are sold in bunches of 8 or more. Is it feasible to ask a seller if they can only give me a few? Or are there reasons why it always is more than 8 eggs? Also, I am looking for dark chocolate egg layers and also robin's blue egg layers- is it possible to get 3 eggs of each from a seller? Should I just email the folks who are selling to ask if they can do this for me, or would that be rude? The other question I have is that i wonder if there is a possibility of transference of illness to my broody hen or my other chickens from purchased fertile eggs? And if so, is there any way to 'clean' them before putting them under my chicken without hurting the embryo inside? I don't want to harm my Buff Orpington, so if there is a chance of getting some sort of illness by introducing eggs from a foreign coop I think I want to forego the idea and just let her be broody. I'm just a beginner, yet even though I have read quite a lot, I don't feel confident in handling/treating or recognizing many chicken diseases. Has anyone done this sort of thing before, or is it just more reliable to do the incubator thing? Also, will my chicken need help from me to make sure they hatch, or should I just sit back and watch nature take its course? I know NOTHING about hatching eggs, but I would like to make my chicken happy. She looks so miserable. She looks like she wants so bad to be a mama! (Or it might just be me who would like some peeps again!!!) If a chicken has already started to go broody, will she continue to sit on the eggs until they hatch or is broodyness a timed thing? (Like do they only sit for so many days and that's it, or do they wait?) Thanks so much for any replies.