Hi, I have a question about my Broody Orpington Hen. She about 2 years old and goes broody 3 or 4 times a year. Last June I put chicks under her after she had been broody for only about a week and she took them like they were her own. Later a weasel got all the little one (well we think it was a weasel) so that ended that and our next chicks were raised in a brooder box we built. So she is broody again right now and has been broody for about 2 weeks at least. Not needing any chickens badly enough to spend money on mail order chicks and local feed store won't have chicks for about a month. Thought we would try giving her fertile eggs. I know chicks would work after her being broody for 2 weeks already but my Question is....... Is it too late to put some fertile eggs under her? I never took notes on how long she stayed broody because I usually discourage her from being broody as she keeps the other hens out of their favorite next box. Is it possible she would stick with the eggs for another 3 weeks? Right now I put her into my Brooder box/cage with 8 golf balls she is happily sitting on and she has food and water though I have not seen her get up to eat or drink. A local person says they will give me some eggs for her to set on. Problem is he only just got his rooster 6 days ago and I've been waiting a few days so his hens eggs will become fertile. If I wait any longer I think I will have waited too long....but I also wonder if his hens will be laying fertile eggs yet? Any suggestions appreciated. I was going to go get some of his eggs today....is it too late for my broody and/or is is too early for his hens eggs to be fertile? Thanks in advance.