This is my first spring with my chickens - I have 7 hens and one rooster. I guess since they're less than a year, they're called something else, though? Anyway, I have ONE of the hens (and australorp) that I want chicks from. I am in WNY and it is just starting to get warm here. A few of my other hens (bantams, polish/cochin mix) have appeared broody, just hanging out in the nest box for a few days, but I keep taking their eggs (to their protest) and eventually they stopped. My australorp has not gone broody yet, and I am hoping for this to happen sometime around end of April here. I have many questions: 1. I have been told that I need to collect her eggs while she lays them and then put them ALL back under her at one time to get them to all hatch at once. Correct? 2. How long can I keep these eggs to put under her? Since I don't know when she's going to go broody, I have started to save them but obviously don't want to keep them too long for her. She only lays an egg about every other day, sometimes every day. I assume after a while, they will sit on the shelf too long - how long is too long? 3. Will she keep laying eggs while she is sitting on the new ones? 4. Does a broody hen lay eggs more frequently than a non-broody hen? 5. I have read just recently that I need to move her - when do I do this, and why do I do this? 6. What kind of "area" do I need to move her to? Can it just be a separated area in the same coop? Any other advice you feel like sharing with me is MUCH appreciated, including links that will clearly answer my questions. Thanks in advance.