Hey peeps! So I got a beautiful white silkie who just started laying. Off and on, she would sit on the eggs layed by she and our other faithful RIR, and now she is in the box about 24/7, brooding 'duds'. It is almost December here in northern Utah. We have no roosters (so the eggs are not fertilized). Should we purchase fertilized eggs and hope she incubates them the full 21 day period, and after that hope she will raise them in the freezing winter? Or should I break her from the habit, and if so, how do I do this? As you may have noticed, I only mentioned one other hen and that is because we had a disease wipe out all the others this past summer. We were already planning on getting around 5/6 more chicks from the local feed store (or from online like MPC or Meyer) this spring but now that the opportunity is here, should I go with it? Should I let her broodiness get me some chicks? We do not have an incubator so it's all on her to keep the chicks alive (that and the shelter of the coop. and the warmth of the heat lamp). If I do let get her some fertilized eggs, do I put food and water by her or just let it be? Do we need to get artificial heat? If I do purchase fertilized eggs, how many should I get to make sure I don't get all duds? Any more tips? Lots of questions , but if you could answer even one of them that will help. Thanks so much!