I posted this subject in egg laying and behavior, then realized I should have put it here, instead. (My apologies to the Mods) Maybe I'll get more response here! I have 4 broody hens right now. They're playing musical nests, so I haven't let them have any eggs to keep. I don't want another round of taking out the new eggs every day, putting hens back on the eggs every day (several times a day) etc. (I've done that several times this year already) I was hoping they'd run their course and give it up, but they show no sign of stopping, it's been over 5 weeks. I put a bunch of eggs in the 'bator. I want to incubate them until time to stop turning them, then whoever's still broody, I'll give them a few eggs, (candle to make sure they're good at that point, and before that also, of course) and hope for the best. I'll leave some in the 'bator to finish. Have any of you done this before? If so, how'd it work out? How about placing eggs under a broody hen when the eggs start to peep? I'd really rather let the hens raise them! I've raised them myself from hatching, and have let the hens do the whole thing, but never combined the two. My thanks to everybody.