We have a newly laying Buff Orpington that has gone broody. We do not have a rooster nor do we want one. She is staying in her nesting box around the clock, the same box every time, including sleeping in it. i do not want to put her in a rabbit cage with a wire bottom to try and break her. That seems cruel to me. There is a local farm close to me that has offered to give me some fertile eggs for her to lay on and hatch. Obviously, i would have to return the chicks because we would have no way of knowing which were pullets because we do not want a rooster. Please chime in with your advise. Here are my questions. Thanks in advance for the help. 1. If we let her continue with the current behavior , is there any harm to the chicken. 2. It appears that for the last 2 days, she has not laid an egg, is that normal ? we have checked around the vent and felt for egg stuck and everything seems fine. 3. will she starve ? i physically remove her to the outside run during treat time and she eats then but immediately returns to the nest box. 4. If not broken, how long does the brooding last ? 5. If we take the fertile eggs from the farmer that has offered and she hatches them, how long do we leave the babies with their mother before returning them to the farmer ? 6. Sounds stupid but will taking her chicks from her break her heart or emotionally effect her ? 7. the only upside is the farmer said i could keep the babies if i liked but we are afraid of getting a rooster . we are not allowed to have a rooster here per the zoning laws and we don't want to have to try and give a rooster away. not easy sometimes. 8. is it harmful or stressful to her when i physically remove her from the nest to put her in the outside run so she eats ? she does not try to bite me and lets me pet her. I just don't want to mess her up emotionally. 9. if we let her hatch some fertile eggs, will that stop the broodiness / if we don't let her hatch eggs, will the broodiness stop ? thanks for your help. we are new backyard chicken owners and certainly need help..