Hello, I just joined BYC but have found lots of answers to my "chicken questions" here since we got our first day-old-chicks in April. I've been letting our free-ranging Buff Orpington, Lucinda, lay a clutch of her unfertilized eggs she had hidden in our fuchsia plants in hopes that she would get broody and want to hatch some babies. Well, she got broody (yay!). Now for the next step. There are about 20 eggs under her. We want to buy a dozen fertile eggs and then "swap them out"- any advice on how to do this- while she's sleeping, right? Will she notice the reduction in the number of eggs- should we do it gradually? She's pretty smart- we found their first clutch of 17 eggs (she has 4 sisters) in the lemon verbena, and after we took some of the eggs they stopped laying there completely. Anyway, any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!