Hello all! I love this site and have had much success diagnosing issues with my hens here, so THANKS!! I have a mixed flock of 6: 1 Americauna rooster and 2 hens, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 RIR, & 1 Ostralorpe. We have suffered some loss over the past year and so we were looking to up our numbers this spring. I bought some Well Summer chickies and we are all excited to integrate them into the flock when they are big enough. Of course, just as soon as I bought baby chicks, our Ostralorpe went broody! We have never experienced this before, so we thought we'd let her sit on a couple of eggs and see what happens! Then, I got to thinking that I'd like to hatch more of the blue eggs than the brown ones, since the well summers will lay lovely brown speckled eggs. So, now she's sitting on 4 blue and 4 brown. She's been sitting for about a week and a half. I have not separated her yet - should I?? She seems quite content where she is, but the nesting boxes are up high and I know we'll eventually have to move her. How do I go about housing her separately from the other chickens while keeping them warm enough? Or will she for sure protect them and all of the chickens can coexist?? She got off the nest for a bit today and I quick ran out to the house to grab eggs and try some candling. I couldn't see anything through those thick blue shells, but the brown ones were interesting. One of them definitely showed veins. The others though - they had a defined dark line. Most of the egg was dark. Does this mean that they are not going to develop? Or maybe this is an early stage since we added eggs under her as they were laid?? Maybe these are just 'newer' than the one with veins?? My instinct says they are bad, but I wasn't sure so I put them back in the nest. I wish I could see through those blue shells!!!!!! Any advice on that? Those would be my only full breed chicks - the browns will be mixed. Interesting. If any survive, I wonder what the mixed breed eggs would look like?