Hi all, We are pretty new to chickens, only having them for about a year. We have never had a broody hen, our first hatched pullets are laying and we are entering spring. Today, our RIR Rosie plucked out all her belly feathers and has been spending some time longer in the nest box than usual. We suspect she may be giving in to those maternal voices and planning on going broody. It just so happens we are expecting a dozen fertile Coronation Sussex eggs in the mail in a week that we planned to incubate. We are considering giving Rosie some eggs if she plans to stick it out. My questions are; Can we trust a first time mum with some eggs? How many (marked fertile) eggs should we give her for her first go? Are there other factors we should be considering too? Rosie is in a run with 8 other pullets, no roosters. Thanks in advance, we look forward to hearing other's experience. Ben and family. Rosie, the recently bare bellied RIR!