My Rouen hen is driving me to distraction! She has 16 eggs now, has been steadily laying in the same nest for 18 days now...she started out with a crappy little divot in the ground has has fancied it up with a nice rim of straw and cushioned the back part (the 2x4s that are the barn wall) with extra straw...but NO feathers or down yet...and she leaves them all day and all night, just comes in in the morning to lay another eggs then leaves again. She even has a bcakup nest in the hayshed where she lays if we dont let her into the coop in time, but she much prefers to lay in her nest. I dont think many more eggs will FIT under her! And they are fertile, I have checked a few. How do I make the switch in her head click that "oh, these are my babies, I should sit on them!" !?!? Argh! As of Saturday night she is setting! Not totally committed yet, so we have removed the drake (poor Sax, he is herding the goats now...he just doesnt know what to do my poor baby!) because anytime she hears him she comes out and wants to go swimming. Last count 18-19 (I didnt get too close when counting) and she finally made her nest NICE with down and stuff. *crossing finners* the countdown begins!