Yay! I'm so excited, I've got a broody! It's Mama, appropriately enough, our alpha-chicken and the first to ever lay an egg. She's a little over a year old. She's a red sex link, and often pretty bossy. Very determined, though. So far, we were out of town a couple of days and came back to find her staying in the nest box. I'm ordering her some fertile eggs (we don't have roos) and have a few questions. Is there any way to tell if she'll be a good broody? If she'll stick it out? Is there some magic time that I have to get the fertile eggs under her (in other words, will she give up on the eggs if she's been broody for, say, 25 days instead of 21 days)? When I get the fertile eggs, I'd like to move her and get her established...should I do that at night? The pen we're thinking of isn't very easy to get her into...and we'll probably be using a cat carrier or 5 gallon bucket on its side as a nest box. Basically, I'd have to move her into her nest area with the eggs, then put the small A-frame coop over her nest. Sound feasible? Oooohhh, I'm just so excited!