I use "flock" loosely. I have 3 BOs. We started as newbies last may with 5 chicks. 1 dropped randomly dead earlier this year, another was eaten by an animal overnight (we think a weasel, because it's head was eaten). 1 of our remaining 3 has been broody almost non-stop since about March, with breaks of only a week or two in between. They have a 4X8 foot coop raised on posts 3 feet high, and an enclosed 10X16 foot run. Sometimes we let them out in the yard, but not for too long because we have young children and the poop gets too much if they are out too much. My dad built the coop and funded it for us, so we didn't have much say in the construction. There was no roost, so the hens got used to sleeping on the floor of the coop. We have since installed a secure board roost about 4 inches wide and steps to get up to it, but I can't get them to use it. I've even tried going out there after dark and putting them on it and they freak out and jump off. If I dont block off the egg boxes at night, they will sleep (and poop!) in the egg boxes. We have had on-and-off egg eating (I can't figure out who the culprit is), on-and-off egg laying outside the egg box, and pretty much at least 1 broody almost at all times. They are just over 1 year old, and I'm pretty much getting like 1-3 eggs per week total between all 3 of them. I started them off when we got them on Scratch and Peck feed, but after a year we needed to cut out budget, so I switched to pellets that I get at TSC for half the price. I feel like that's where it all started going downhill, and I recently (2 weeks or so ago) went back to Scratch and Peck. I got fed up with constant broodiness and virtually NO eggs, so I finally ordered 4 fertilized eggs from Murray McMurray for the broody to sit on. But as a newbie who's chicken keeping seems to be an absolute mess, I need some advice to get things back into ship shape before these eggs hatch! -The eggs won't arrive until sometime next week, and of course, the broody just broke yesterday. If I don't have a broody when they arrive, can I refrigerate the eggs until one goes broody? Or is there a was to encourage one to go broody? I have 2 fake eggs. Will leaving them in the coop or egg box help? -Any suggestions as to how to get these stinkers sleeping on the roost? And NOT sleeping in the egg boxes? -Once the chicks hatch, how do I put their food and grit out? In the coop or the run? And how do I keep them from eating the big girls' food and grit, and keep the big girls from eating theirs? Or will the mama take care of that? -I read that it takes about 23 days to hatch....does that depend on breed? -What else do I need to know? Such a mess of trouble, these BO's are. The new eggs I got are a different breed.