Hi, new to the forum. Been raising barred rocks from a hatchery for 2 years. Started with 10 layers but down to 7 and have a rooster. Several of my hens went broody as soon as they were mature enough but I broke them of it at that time. I am at a point I would like to start replacing some of my flock and getting back up to 10 layers. Was hoping since last spring I might get a broody hen again but up until two days ago that hasn't happened. I was getting ready to buy an incubator. On Friday one hen was setting on 3 eggs when I went out to shut up the coop. On Saturday she was still there and I had one more egg so I stuck that under her too. Today she is still there so I am very hopeful I have a broody hen, finally. 1. Is this the wrong time of year to attempt this, I am in MO but have a very well insulated coop with a heat lamp I turn on on frigid nights, my inside water bowl never freezes. 2. Can I hatch these in with my other chickens? (My coop is 6' X10') 3. If you recommend I don't hatch these with my other birds, I will probably build a small chicken tractor to accommodate them. My question is: The nest box she is in is part of a 4 box assembly. I can't move her and her nest to the chicken tractor as a unit. I will have to take her and the eggs out of her current nest box and put her in a new one. What are the odds of getting away with that? 4. Can I stick a few more eggs under her today? She is a nice size barred rock and I think she could accommodate 3 or 4 more easily. If she is going to stick with this I would like to get as many as possible not knowing if I will get lucky enough to get another broody hen, but is it too late since she has already been on the others for 2 days? Any help greatly appreciated.