So ... I was supposed to have babies hatching on 8/1 but, on 7/28, a 4 1/2' rat snake & a copperhead ate all 13 eggs that we had given Ms. Chicken Lady to hatch. (Feral game hen that chose my garden for a nest.) I worked all last weekend in 100+ weather and finished the coop and run AND built the nesting box from , um ... that really hot place down yonder? My friend that had originally given me the eggs misunderstood me and brought me 12 new ones - only chicken eggs this time & no guineas - on Friday 8/1 rather than waiting for Ms. Chicken Lady to get settled in, so I went ahead & tried figuring it would not work & I would have to wait for her to go broody again ... On advice, I put a plastic milk crate on its side in one corner of the nesting box put some shavings in it and placed three eggs in it on Sunday eve (lid off box). She had not discovered the eggs by Monday am so, again on advice, I added three more eggs. Monday eve she still had not found eggs so I added three more (9 total). Monday LATE, I played stealth chicken mover and placed Ms. Chicken Lady next to but not on the eggs. Tuesday morning she never left the coop and was still lying next to the eggs. Tuesday eve ... SURPRISE! Ms. Chicken Lady had pulled all 9 eggs out of the milk crate and under herself! I rolled the remaining three eggs next to her side and she pulled those under her, too! WOOHOO!!! I may yet have hatching fuzzy butts!!! Here is her pic! (There IS laying feed in that enamelware dish - it is just all on this side. That is her favorite treat in there next to it - canteloupe rind with some left for her.) Let's see a snake open that!!!