Hi! I'm Ladygunner. I have been keeping chickens for 3 years now. I currently have 12 hens and 1 rooster. I have 5 Rhode Island Reds and 6 Cinnamon Queens and 1 Buff Orpington. I have no idea what my rooster is, a neighbor gave him to me. He looks like a mixture of barred rock and silkie, as he has feathers on his feet. This year 2 of my hens went broody, the BO and one of the CQs, so I decided to try to let them hatch out some chicks. I'm maybe 2 weeks into this but it's not going well. The CQ got broody first, so I just let her sit, but then the others raise such a racket about her hogging the nesting box that I took her eggs. she just started over. Then the BO got the bug and I had 2 hens hogging the boxes. The other hens stopped laying or went to some unknown location to lay. This was not good. 12 hens and no eggs! I needed to do something! I have 2 coops, a small one that holds about 4-5 hens, and a larger one that holds all 13 chickens. i used the small when the chicks were small but now it is abandoned, good place for the broodies, huh? Yesterday I moved them to the small coop and shut it off to the rest of the flock. At first they hated it, but today they seem content, and what do you know? the others started laying again!! Today I candeled the eggs. there are 10 under one hen and 6 under the other. I appears that there is growth in 5 or 6 of the first bunch and i can see nothing in the others. They are brown eggs and its really hard to tell. I know that it's early, but I also think that Blondie, the Buff Orpingon didn't sit her nest last night, because she didn't like the nesting box in the new coop. When I took it out and let her make a nest of straw, she was content and went back to sitting. Would those eggs be ok? should I replace them with fresh ones? Any ideas or advice would be great, I have no idea what I'm doing here!