I have read a lot of posts and info on this topic, but I would like to see what advice I am given for my specific situation. I have 4 BO hens and one BO rooster, and 2 Pro.Red hens. I would really like to hatch a clutch of eggs and got the go-ahead from the Boss. Several of my hens have been sitting on eggs for hours and hours after they lay them, puffing up, giving me the evil eye, etc, so I'm hoping for some latent broodiness. I stopped collecting eggs and let 6 stack up and found a hen sitting on it for the better part of a day! I took two eggs from a neighboring nest box and placed them under her and watched her scoop the eggs in underneath her with the others and settle quite happily on top. An hour later, she just hopped off the eggs and left them alone and hasn't returned to them. Now there are 9 eggs today. They are cool to the touch. Not cold, bec I live in TX and the temps are staying mid 60s to 80s. Some info: There are 2 nest boxes inside the coop and the birds have access to a fenced in outside run. I do have a large dog kennel that I thought of using as a "hatching den" to help the hen stay separate, but not sure how to go about it or if that would be wise. Now one of the reds has been sitting on 3 eggs in another nest box all day today. Here are my questions. First, are the eggs still viable, or do I scrap them and start over? How do I know when the eggs can no longer be hatched? Second, what are your suggestions for giving the hens/eggs as good a chance as I can to make hatching a good prospect? Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post and any and all responses I receive!