Hi all, I am new to chickens, just got my little backyard flock of hens started at the first of June. I've been reading and learning so much on BYC, and so appreciate the information on this site. About 5 weeks ago, my 10 month old Buff Orpington went very, very broody. Her first time, and mine as well. A friend had fertile eggs and gave me 10 for this little hen to set. I would read BYC posts for hours: how to candle the eggs, how to make sure the hen ate and drank, what a safe nesting area for her would be, how to be patient while the chicks peeped and then pipped and then hatched. Honestly, I don't know how I could have done it with out you guys. So, on August sixth, my first chick hatched. On the seventh, seven more hatched. Then one more came on the eighth, followed by the last (very, very late) one on the ninth. Mama and babies are doing great. She's a natural, protective but not aggressive, and the little ones are thriving. I want to thank you all for the info and help that you've given me this past month. And also, in a situation that was brand new for me and this lovely hen, I didn't feel alone. Sincerely, thank you.