Hi..........I've been trying to find some info and discovered your forum. Here's what's happening and I'm looking for advice. Early spring my neighbor's bantam chickens (2 roosters and 5 hens) adopted me and my horses and have been regular visitors ever since. Every so often over the past months I've been gifted with an egg or two or 5 and sometimes up to12 in one place. On Saturday, I was cleaning up my open air barn to make space for a half ton of hay and found a nest with 12 eggs in it. My thought was that I'd better come back, gather them up and dispose of them because they had probably been there for quite a while. I forgot and then late Sunday there was an egg on top of the stack of new hay which reminded me to collect the 12. When I went to get them, there was a hen sitting on them!!! So I left and the next morning she wasn't there. I figured it must have been some sort of quirk on her part. I didn't go to pick up the eggs immediately and when I went back several hours later, the hen was settled in again. The others come and go and she stays here all alone all day and all night. There's no standing water around here, so I put a bowl of water nearby and last night threw a small handful of rolled barley next to the nest. It was gone this AM, so tossed some more. That's the story..........here are my questions: 1. is this normal behavior (for the chicken, not me) 2. is it likely that these eggs are going to hatch or have I simply got a hen with a nesting instinct 3. is it OK to be giving her rolled barley 4. is it too late in the year for having chicks - it's going down to 40 at night here in NM - days are up in 80's right now 5. what's the best thing for me to be doing in this situation Thank you - thank you - I appreciate any help.