So one of my Cochins decided she was going to sit on some eggs. She had once before and gave up a day in so I didn't worry, but she's decided she's in it for the long haul now..still not so bad, right? Except then her sister joined her on eggs that I didn't want them hatching anyways but now the eggs are 4-5 days old and culling is NOT an option for me. They have heartbeats. So the girls keep laying eggs in the same box and I have marked the 7 that were in there yesterday with a crayon and am taking any unmarked eggs out every night. The thing is, now a THIRD hen is sitting on the eggs too and I can't exactly go dipping them in water to keep them from being broody when it's 20 degrees out. I do have an incubator. So what do I do? Do I have to take the eggs away for them to stop? Will that even work when they are all going to just keep laying more every day? Should I maybe quarantine the original broody girl inside? I have an enclosure big enough for her to fit in comfortably and have space to move about. I have food and water elevated so the three girls can reach it from the nesting box now. I keep removing the third hen and putting her outside the coop but she just runs back in immediately. Also, when it's this cold is it really a good idea to leave the chicks outside when they hatch?? Again, I do have an incubator and somewhere to brood them if I take them a away from the hens. I just don't want to go in trying to help, and just end up doing harm. Also, I was going to socialize the chicks I was going to hatch this spring much better than the adult chickens I have now. Will the chicks be even less social than the hens are if I leave the chicks with the hens?