Ok I know some of you may say go do a search but I did that and looked and looked and keep finding eggs hatching from an incubator and nothing much on hens hatching eggs out (plus I work full time and have three kids, and only get a short time on the computer and I don't want to waste that time searching). So with that I need to ask an important question. My hen is not getting out of the nest box (she is sitting on 8+ eggs) and I'm wondering if it's ok to take her off the eggs and put her down by the water? I feed her right in the nest box but water is a bit harder to manage. She is my best laying hen and I would sure hate to lose her from my stupidity. I have never done this before so I just need to know if she will be ok? OR, IF I do take her down will she go back on the eggs? I have read that with adding new eggs (some of my hens SIT on her and lay eggs on top of her and she adopts them) that the hen will move the new ones to the warmest spot to keep them warmer and the older ones to the cooler spots to even everything out and they all seem to hatch around the same time. That to me is just amazing! I went in wanting to see if that were true and she DID put the newest eggs up under her wings. I lifted up a wing and an egg fell out Sometimes nature just amazes me! SO ANYWAY, anyone who can give me advice I would So appreciate it! I'm just so nervous because I put some of my good eggs under her and I really want them to hatch. Also, my plan is to keep her IN with the hens as she hatches out these chicks...is this a bad idea and does anyone have experience with this? How did it go? OH and another question...I hear hens don't poo much when they are sitting on eggs? Is this true?