I see there is a very l-o-n-g thread Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread. After I got up in it a few pages I realized I could read this whole thing and not find my answer So thought I would post. I have a Buff Orphington who went broody on me. I thought it would be fun to get some fertilized eggs. Found them in the next town over. 6 of them. Now my questions are, Should I seperate her and the eggs to somewhere else? I do not have any roosters. I do have one mean chicken, Ruby, and her side kick Lola who could get ugly. But I do have a portable run I can put them two in if necessary. So what do ya'll think? The other thing is do I have to do anything special with the Buff while she is settin'? She is in the nesting box and when I go up to her she puffs up big but she doesnt peck at me. This kinda concerns me if the other chickens try to get at the babies. And if I get the eggs tomorrow, place them under the Buff she will take care of the rest, right? I was reading they hatch at about 21 days. Have any of you had them go longer? We are going out of town on day 27. Nice neighbors will be taking care of the chickens. (they get the eggs for free). Do you think I should seperate the momma and chickes while we are gone? Thanks so much!