Chickens... It was my fault, I hadn't done a head count in a few weeks and I came up one short this evening. I feared the worst. I looked around the run and in the coop and nothing. I looked in the pasture for feathers, nothing. Looked under the coop (its quite large) and I found her! I thought she was sick because she had her eyes closed and was all puffed up but she was found to be quite happy and VERY broody! This is a problem for me. I don't have the heart to throw them away but I will be gone for a couple days around the first of the year. I cannot reach the nest and there looks to be a dozen or so eggs when I tried to push her away with a broom handle. I was able to snag one egg to sacrifice to see how far along her eggs were and it looks like they are on day 12. She is in the dirt and we just had our first night below freezing. Has this hen gone mad? My question is this: In your experience... 1.) Should I just let her have them and let nature take its course? 2.) Let her hatch them but remove the chicks from her and brood them myself? 3.) Throw the eggs out now because it is likely going to be very cold and the chicks will have a tough time making it anyway. In a perfect world I want to do #2 but if I go with # 2 I would have to find someone to borrow their brooder and things and ask my significant other to have chicks in the house.