Hello! I set today 3 tiny baby silkie eggs from Bobbi Porto under my broody hen who's part cochin. She seems determined... it's been about a week and a half total- tried to break her for about 5 days, then realized I was getting eggs, and she's been on golf balls in the garage for about 3 days now. I have never hatched eggs at all before, which means I've also never done the broody thing. My biggest question right now is: how long can she come off the eggs for? I've been putting her out once a day to eat/drink/poo/have a dust and I want to make sure now that she has eggs that she isn't off the nest for too long. She does tend to let her mind wander sometimes and she isn't real quick to want to get back. Also- my plan is to let her hatch and brood in the brooder in the garage- she'll be in contact with her flock everyday for at least a little while (see above) so I'm hoping that when I go to integrate her and the chicks, that they won't go nuts on her like she's brand new?!? If anybody had experience or advice, I'm all ears please! I have one hen (top girl, momma is #2) that is less than friendly... I'm worried she's going to make life difficult.