I have my first broody ever, a BO. I do have a roo. I haven't been able to come up with separate accomodations for her and her eggs (which are a mixture of my flocks). Even though I have 4 nests for my layers, they all use one. She went broody and started on a days worth of eggs, around 10, on May 1st. We realized it when we went to collect them and she wouldn't move. For several days she was fine and on them whenever we would check, the other girls even started to lay in the other boxes. A couple times now, when she gets up to either relieve herself or eat/drink, another hen will jump in the box (last count there were 14 eggs) to lay. When she is ready to return she will go into any box with an egg. We try to keep on top of the eggs so only has "her" eggs. We have physically removed her twice, obviously against her will, and pointed her back to her nest. So, why doesn't she remember which box and how long can she be off the eggs and they'll still be ok?