My old English bantam 'Ranger' (aka Hen1) went broody for the first time on 9/13 (22 days ago). After a week of sitting on golf balls I was able to get fertile eggs from a friend. She has been sitting on 6 since 9/20 (15 days). I have her separated from the rest of the flock in a dog kennel. I noticed yesterday that my black copper marans 'Patina' (aka Hen2) went broody sitting on the whole flocks eggs. I just went and looked today and she is busy sitting in the nest box on nothing. This is her first time being broody too. My question is, given that the eggs are due to hatch in approximately 7 days, can I take half the eggs from Ranger and give them to Patina to sit on. My concerns are 1. Ranger will be disrupted by having half her eggs taken and possibly abandon the remaining eggs. 2. Sitting on the eggs for only 7 days will mess with Patina's hormonal broody cycle since it is much shorter than would be natural. 3. Can I set up an area for the two broodies to be together, each in her own nest of course, or do they each need a separate area? Can anyone tell me if this is an okay plan? Has anyone done this before? Thanks in advance!