Having had a very busy week and hardly being at home, i have been a bit slack on the egg collecting side of things. So i go out the back today to find one of the hens missing, only to spot her in their house in the crate that i have for them to lay in sat down. I thought she might be laying, but i went back about 3 hours later and she is still there, despite the others heading to bed. So i go back later again when its dark and the other are tucked up in bed and she is still sat there. So im guessing she is broody and thats where she is going to stay for the next few weeks. Now i have a few dilemas. 1st is there is a few eggs around the outside of the crate, either where others have layed or where they have fallen out. Am i ok to collect these and will i disturb her by doing so? Or am i better just leaving them 2) Im guessing I shoudl get her some food and water and leave it in the house with her, im going to get another water feeder tomorrow or tuesday (probably tomorrow) 3) should i separate her from the rest of them? can i move her if need be? 4) when the little ones are born, should i separate her and the little ones? I have a cocky cage that i have my silkies in that is well protected from cats, i would just have to find somewhere else for my silkies. Or will they be all right in with the rest of the flock, Might just have to lock them up of a night time though, then I would take the crate out and fill the house up with straw 5) any other advice is more than welcome!! IM incubating 11 eggs at the moment too so my numbers are going to jump!!