New to posting but have been following the forum for a while, so much wisdom here! We have 14 hens in our flock (all about 9 months old), no rooster. One of our Buff Orpintons has gone quite broody this spring, faithfully (heartbreakingly!) setting on a few eggs 24/7 for more than a week. So we decided to buy 6 hatching eggs as we'd love to grow our flock by a few different breeds and they will arrive tomorrow (!!)... so now I'm trying to glean all the words of wisdom I can before I make a mistake! Our plan is to put a hardware cloth front on the box she has chosen, so the other hens cannot disturb her, letting her out several times a day until day 18 - there isn't another way to separate our hen house and I worry that in moving her she might quit being broody! - How best to introduce the hatching eggs to her? - Treats for her and how to offer water to her in the box? - How often to let her out and how to encourage her to eat/drink/poop? - Best nesting material (or should I just leave the hay that's already in there)? - Other ways to prepare? - Everything else I need to know but don't know to ask? Links are GREAT if this has already been discussed at length somewhere on the forum or elsewhere! I've searched and read and these are the questions I still have. Thanks in advance!