For the first time. How do I sit on them without crushing them? No, just kidding. One of my Barred Rocks went broody recently. I've never seen a hen hacth out and raise chicks, since I have no roo, and I've always wanted to see it. So I bought some fertilized eggs locally, and replaced the non-fertiles she was sitting on with the fertiles. I put in eight eggs, and got my hand nipped eight times. Brat. The fertiles are all white, and I have only brown layers, so it will be easy to take out the new eggs, if Miss Jean Broody ever leaves her next box long enough for another hen to lay in it. I got four blue Andulusian (sp?) eggs, and four Polish. I'm of course hoping for pullets, since any roos will need to go live in the country. I just realized I don't know how old the eggs are, aside from old enough that they could be identified as fertile. I suppose I will just need to check them each day. So I would think that the hen knows what to do without much interference from me. Is that right? Any tips for a first-time chicken grandma-to-be?