A few days ago, the Speckled Sussex hen went AWOL. I didn't see her for several days, and had almost given up on her. Yesterday she suddenly turned up outta nowhere. Long story short, it turns out she's sitting a clutch of ten of her own eggs, in one of the window wells, hopefully fertile by the Barred Rock rooster. There are a couple issues I'm concerned with: 1.) She was off the clutch for about an hour or two. Is that too long for the embryos to remain viable? 2.) They're on the bare ground, so they may not be able to stay warm enough as it is. It's kinda late in the year for chickies, anyhow. 3.) She is IN THE WINDOW WELL, unprotected. I did put a board over it to protect her from the weather, and gave her personal food/water feeders. 4.) Is B.R./S.S. a good cross? 5.) Do I even want that many chicks, let alone this late in the year? (I did take-in 2 RIRs and 3 Buff Orps the same day. Gobblers will soon go to Freezer Camp, and ducks are possible candidates as well.) 6.) I saved some misc. eggs from today and didn't put them in the fridge. Not sure from whom they came, but the other ladies are Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn, Buff Orp, and Cuckoo Marans. I'd almost rather toss the Sussex eggs, and replace them with a mix or 6 or so, not 10 of the same. My ultimate goal is to create a land race that has well-laying hens and freezer-ready roos. The variety, instead of the homogeny, might be better. Plus, I'll know their exact due date. 7.) Should I try and move her to different, more secure/sheltered location? I'm concerned she may be found by a predator, and the chickies won't be able to get out of the window well, once they hatch. 8.) I'd just as soon let her go through with it, as try to "break her up." I've not had good results with that in the past. Thoughts?