This is my first year raising chickens and my family has had a good time building a nice coop, raising our spring chicks, and two of our 7 girls are laying. I wanted to try my hand at hatching, so I ordered two batches of eggs (shipped, I know I know...), and those are incubating right now. Of course, my oldest girl (7 months) just went broody yesterday. I have never dealt with this since I'm a newbie, and I feel so bad for her! I've got her up in a wire cage right now because I have no idea if she'd actually stick with eggs/be a good mom, but I'm wondering if I should let her try? I've got 19 eggs in the bator (Day 4) and I just started turning them yesterday--they're upright in an egg carton that I have tilted. Should I wait til day 7 and put some viable ones under her if she's still broody? Let her sit on golf balls, then sneak any hatched chicks under her? Break her and keep babying these shipped eggs until I know if I'm any good at incubating? Find her some local eggs? Sorry for the rambling post! I appreciate all seasoned advice!