Thank you BYC members - your help is so valuable! Sorry if this has been answered, but I'm having trouble finding an answer in the posts. I have three hens in my first flock of 15 month old chickens who are broody now. I have a Dark Brahma, who has never been a good layer, broody for 3 weeks, a Buff Orpington broody for 2 weeks and a GLW broody for 3 days (this is the 3rd time she's been broody). All are sitting on nothing but the occasional egg from other hens that I remove daily. They don't leave their nest but for a few minutes a day. I'm considering getting some fertile eggs (I'm in the city with no rooster) and seeing if I can have a hen hatch some. Am I too late to put eggs under them? Will a hen who has been broody for 3 weeks continue to incubate eggs for another 3 weeks? Would you choose one hen over the other? Do certain behaviors indicate a hen would be a better incubator or is more broody? For instance, my Buff fluffs her feather out more, splays her legs out in the nest, and is more reluctant to allow me to get eggs out from under her - does that mean she's more broody? And finally, do I put a clutch of non-fertile eggs under the hen for a few days, then switch it out with fertile eggs? Or is it enough that they are surely broody and I can just slip the fertile eggs under one of them? Thanks for helping!