One of our precious (Broody) hens was killed last night. Will another Broody that's sitting on new eggs take the ones ready to hatch? One more question.. When I "found" the (second Broody's) newer nest this morning after last nights horrible drama, She wasn't on the nest so I took 10 of the 16 eggs that were still warm (in a panic) in case she didn't come back... I put them in the incubator with the ones( ready to hatch) that I recovered last night.. Now shes back on the nest... Should I put hers back? Should I put the other Broody's in if they are so close to hatching? Also, she is right up against the house..(the other was out by the pool pump) Should I move her to a nesting box after dark? I sure don't want to experience what we did last night ever again.. Momma hen screaming in to the darkness can never be unheard... Summary 9 eggs from dead Broody in Incubator ( I heard the fight and picked them up immediately when I knew she was gone) 16 eggs found later by 2nd Broody that returned to the nest after I had already taken 10 of hers...which now, those 10 are in the incubator and she has now returned to the nest. I'm ranting.. this is my first time finding chickens nesting in the yard.. not in the pen.. They free range during the day but these two found a nook to lay in when I wasn't looking....I'm panicked! She would be sitting on 9 ready to hatch and 16 of who knows how long because I never saw her there! BTW.. She just had 10 chicks last month!