Hi! I'm new to this forum, but from reading your posts, I think I'm in the right place! I have a 9 month old Buff Orphington who is sitting on 12 eggs. When I saw that she was broody I brought her and the eggs inside (it's very cold in Wisc.!) and set up a nice spot for her in my computer room. She's been on the eggs for 12 days now. I have zero experience with this. It sounds like I should candle the eggs. What if I don't? I think most of our eggs are fertile (We have two roosters). Next question dumb--will she know what to do? I've read your postings about chicks struggling to get out and helping them--is that what the mom will do for them (I hope!). Since all the eggs won't hatch the same day, will she keep setting and also care for the chicks that are hatched? I will put a heat llamp on the mom and chicks once they start hatching. And maybe I'm just count chickens before they you-know-what. I'm trying to prepare myself for no or bad results. It is just awesome to watch what she is going through.