We recently found one of my hens that has been "missing" for between 1-2 wks. She has decided to sit on a clutch of eggs that her and some of the other hens have been collecting. We noticed that she was up off nest and roaming around today so my son went under the building to count the eggs. He counted 14!! Due to an old injury, my main rooster has not really been in the mating business. He mainly just crows and roams. I do have an young studly roo that has been making himself known as a ladies man. I have seen him mate with my black hens and we have a recent group of buffs that he has taken a strong liking to. However I haven't seen him mess with the game hens as much. They are faithful layers and go broody often but don't like mating so they are fast. Anyways..... Getting to the point..... I took 3 eggs from the nest to run in and candle them to see if she was even going to have any hatch. There are veins in all 3!! In the brown egg, I see a mass and veins and in the 2 pale eggs (which look very much like my game hens eggs) I seen veins and actual movement!! It's sooo exciting. It was the first time I've ever seen that. Well... when I went to put eggs back, the hen was running back to the nest and beat me. Luckily I had the incubator nice and warm so I was able to stick the eggs in there. Finally to my question: Usually I can calculate when one of the hens goes broody but since I didn't notice what day she was gone, I have no idea what day the eggs are on so if I kept them in the bator, how would I be able to figure out lockdown day? I would really love to keep them inside so we could watch them hatch out. But I want to do what's best for the chick as well.