It's essentially spring in Alabama, and my chickens have been laying up a storm. Tank Girl and Cyclone Aggie have no interest in their eggs; they lay them and ignore them. However, Grisaille has a few SPECIAL eggs that she is determinedly brooding. She sits on them all day, fights off the owner girls if they crowd close, and only comes out very briefly to eat and drink. I thought it was kindof cute so I figured I'd let her have her fun for a bit as we're getting more eggs that we can use. However, I'm wondering when I should pull them on account of probably rotten-ness. Our rooster came to us as an adult of unknown age 5 years ago, and Gris is 2-3 years old by her previous owners' count. I'm assuming this means it's pretty unlikely that those eggs have chicks in them, right? I was thinking of candling them just in case, but if any are fertile, then what? Is it actually safe for her to have them out in the coop with the other birds, or will they just kill them? Cyclone Aggie is a gamebird mix and VERY aggressive, and Nuru (my rooster) has a history of killing wild birds that get into the coop. Any input appreciated. If it's actively bad for Grisaille to be brooding, I don't want to continue the behavior.