Chicken newbie here ready to have my first mama-hatches-eggs with my year-old hens. So I have these two Russian orloff hens who went persistently broody together a few months ago, literally (they are thin). I had to arrange an area for them which took me some time to figure out. I put them in the seperate little house together on their nest boxes, which is where they have been sitting on their eggs. They have always been the best of friends and are shunned by the rest so they like being isolated and their spot is actually shady and nice. So FINALLY their moment is coming....they have been daydreaming about chicks for awhile now I think and have their dream home. I have these questions: 1. Could they abandon nest number two when nest number one hatches possibly? Is there anything I could do for those eggs if so short of buying an incubator? Do have ice chest, heat lamp, brooder stuff, etc. 2. Will they peck at the chicks from the other bird? They have switched nest boxes several times so I don't know how territorial they feel about the boxes but they may feel different about the chicks. They are non-violent and just let the main flock chickens peck at them all the time when they are with the flock so I can't really picture these two being that way. 3. How do I transition them from nest box to something they can get in and out of easily to get to their food and water. Do I wait until they all hatch first? Won't mama squish the hatched ones? 4. One egg was kinda thrown out by one of the hens and was way, way across the enclosure like they didn't like it...does that mean anything? I have not candled the eggs. I could tell by the color it was an egg I wasn't as sure about (possibly a duck egg). When I cracked it it seemed to have been developing. 5. One egg cracked and broke in the nest and dirtied some of the others. Will this nest still hatch? This is the nest that is set to hatch Sunday. It was already all dried so there was no wiping the yolk off or anything. A few were still clean. 6. I've already got chick starter in there and will set out my chick waterer, is there anything else I need to put out for them? 7. Just as an aside, I think I may have one more muscovy egg in nest number two. Sounds dumb but the ducks just started laying and I thought those two were just dirty buff orpington eggs that had gotten a little sunbleached as they were laying in the grass. After a couple of days I realized the ducks were laying! Since then I've learned to tell the difference. I was desperate to find enough eggs for bird number two once I set the first ten under bird number one so I wasn't as picky as I would have liked to have been. This is also why I was asking about finishing in an impromptu incubator, I realize muscovy would take longer. Not sure what i'd do with one duckling but perhaps it could be mothered by the orloffs. To complicate things further, we have a big event planned for Saturday and won't be home for part of the day, I should have looked on the calender when I set the eggs under the first bird. So we may miss the first hatches. Also the eggs under the first nest are mostly buff orpington as I had a dozen hatching eggs saved but the next ones are just whatever was being laid that day, BO and RIR crosses mixed. So nest number one is more important to me. None of the eggs are actually orloffs (they were not laying, they were broody). Thanks in advance for any advice!