The answer to this seemed obvious to me but now I have to question my assumption. I have always understood that you don't attempt to move a sitting hen with her eggs because she will abandon them. We have two cockerel and two hen banties. One hen is now on eggs and the other will probably follow suit soon. They are free range. As the younger cockerel grows, we expect that more hens will be needed but have had difficulty in finding any. Recently, the head monk at a temple in town offered a hen provided that we didn't use her or her offspring for meat. His condition isn't a problem to us because we are interested only in eggs and he is fine with that. However, the hen is sitting on eggs. He and my wife intended to gather the hen and her eggs and move them to our flock at home. I have suggested that this would lead to the eggs being abandoned and, perhaps, the hen might disappear. I just wonder, though, whether the monk and my wife no more then I do and the move would be successful. Any advice on this would be welcome, please.