Ok, this may have been answered before, I couldn't find a post on it though and I've been wondering how this works. If a hen goes broody, how does she get ten or so eggs to sit on if people aren't involved? If it takes 21 days to hatch an egg and it takes her at least ten to twelve days (or more) to lay ten eggs then the first eggs would hatch at 21 days and her last eggs would only be nine days into the incubation. Does she just walk away from eight or so eggs that haven't hatched with one or two chicks that have or does she know to wait an additional nine or ten days for all the eggs to hatch? If we want her to raise babies then my understanding is that we need to give her all the eggs from our other hens that are laying on the same day or maybe over two days, even if they aren't the same breed, and she will hatch them? (That's, of course, if we want the other breed chicks.) Sorry, but I just don't get this part of broodyness and egg hatching. Hope this isn't showing one of my 'blond' moments.