Hi, I have my first broody hen, a Brahma girl named Penelope. May I ask a question please? She has been sitting on 2 eggs of her own for the last 3 days now. She is currently still laying them on a daily basis. I've simply left her with them figuring this will help her to remember she has a job to do. She is sitting 24/7, only coming off the eggs for maybe 1/2 hour or so a day at this stage. We're going away on holiday for 10 days starting next week. I don't think her eggs will be fertile as the rooster in with the 3 hens has been unwell lately. So as suggested by someone else I'm going to candle any eggs she has laid before we go away and see what's fertile and what's not. I've never candled eggs before either so hoping I can get that right! I do have other eggs which I'm fairly sure will be fertile that I can switch with hers. Where I'm stuck is - what day do I call 'day 1'?? Am I doing the right thing in leaving her eggs with her as she lays them? Won't this mean that the hatch date will be spread across many days if she's still laying them - or have we not even started 'day 1' until she decides to stop laying? Oh - sorry - that was more than one question wasn't it. Oh I'm sooo confused. Someone please set me straight. I don't want to go away on holiday now!!