It truly is Murphy's Law: you spend months breaking your hens from being broody....then when you want your hens to be broody, they refuse. My house chickens, a Silkie and the hen she hatched out last year, a Serama, have been broody together on and off since the Spring. I finally break down and order 8 Serama eggs (they will be arriving today or tomorrow) for them. What happens over the weekend? Both of them decide they no longer want babies I have done everything I can think of to encourage the behavior I spent the last 6 months breaking but no luck. I cleaned their cage, I left the eggs they've laid, I've begged, pleaded and groveled....nothing. I'm in the process of trying to track down a bator (just in case and given Murphy's Law, as soon as I locate one, they will go broody) but does anyone else have persuasive techniques I can employ? AND, how long can I leave the eggs set before they will go bad? This is only my 3rd hatch so I'm still learning. The eggs are fresh, collected over the past week and shipped out Saturday morning. This seller packs eggs really well (out of 30 eggs I received from her last December, 27 hatched) so I'm not too worried about the shipping - just how long I can leave them without a bator or broody.