This is not my first broody hen, but she is the first to NOT get scared off her nest. Today marks 21 days that she's been laying on her eggs. In the beginning I allowed her to have 12. After a week and a half I checked her progress and she had 8 left. I don't know if she accidently broke them, or if she broke them on purpose knowing they were no good, or what. I have not candled anything and have done my best not to bother her - just let her do her thing. But than I got to thinking...what if they don't hatch? To be honest, I don't even know how many eggs are left under her. I know there are a few, as I've seen her shift positions and once in awhile an egg can be spotted from beneath her blue & red feathers. I have ten laying hens, between the ages of 1 and 3. This is one of my one year old Blue Laced Red Wyandottes. She came with two other chicks - one turned out to be a rooster, and a fantastic one at that. I've seen, on many occasions, his affection for his hens so I'm quite sure that a majority of the eggs she's on have been fertilized. But what if they just don't hatch? To make matters worse, better? Not sure yet....her sister decided that being broody looked like so much fun she wanted to give it a go...just three days ago. Two hens, isolated from each other and the rest of the flock, and I don't even know if either of them will hatch their brood! Will Broody #1 stay on the nest in desperation of her eggs hatching...even if they don't hatch? If Broody #1 hatches her eggs and I bring Broody #2 in with them, will Broody #2 accept those chicks and stop being broody? Or will the chicks be in danger with a "strange" hen around? If Broody #1 doesn't hatch her eggs and stays on her nest for another three weeks and Broody #2 manages to hatch her small brood (she's only been alotted 5 eggs), will Broody #1 break broodiness to help care for #2's chicks?! I feel as though I should start a chicken soap opera. Meanwhile...Rooster-Roo is not so pleased with me that his two "sisters" are isolated. I think the fact that they're still in the coop and he can see them, but can't get to them makes it worse. I yi yi....what to do?! This is the first time I've had a hen go broody and stay there for three weeks. It's also the first time I've had multiple hens broody at the same time. Do you think it's because this spring I resolved that I wasn't going to be doing chicks, cause I was too busy, and instead would get young adults at the end of the summer to add to the flock?!