So I am currently considering ordering some Buff Orpington, or Leghorn Eggs. Can't quite decide which ones at the moment because the Orpingtons down here are from good show stock (Not that I'm looking into showing at all at this stage, but as a rabbit fancier the purebreds do appeal to me) and are a little cheaper, but then from what I've heard Leghorns are much better layers. I don't have any personal experience with either of the breeds, as all of our hens are mutts, the majority being bantam crosses. So my question is how long after a broody hen begins sitting do I risk getting some eggs? We have two hens broody right now, both of whom have been sitting on their nests for a few days already. When I go out to collect eggs there are usually a few under them though, so I'm wondering if they have been hopping off for an extended period of time every day and some other chicken is laying in there? Or would the broody hens be laying themselves? Part of the reason I'm considering doing this now is because a family member will be going away for the day to pick up a vehicle, and they've agreed to pick up any critters etc. on the way for me. So I really need fast answers as to whether or not it's worth it, or even realistic, to expect to get about eight chicks from a lot of twelve eggs. And some breed information would be extremely helpful as well, as the things I've read have been very diverse. If you have any other suggestions on what breed would be best then please go ahead, as there is a large variety of eggs available from what I've seen. We are really wanting a good laying bird, though if there is a bantam breed that is a fairly consistent layer then I'd be keen Thanks in advance!