When I realize she's gone broody, I give her a few extra eggs and let her sit.
She takes her job seriously and turns the eggs daily so that they chick doesn't stick to one side. Once a day, she leaves the nest to eat and drink.
I, too, sense it's spring and time to incubate chicks. I collect eggs and place them in a carton in the workshop. I elevate one side of the carton and turn it every day.
Until one day, when I'm not paying attention, and I drop several of the eggs.
But I am persistent and go about collecting eggs.
When I've collected 30 eggs, I add water to the incubator and plug it in. The perfect conditions are 100 degrees and 58-60 percent humidity.
It reaches 99 degrees. I put the eggs in and turn the temperature a little higher.
I planned to go back and check it again. But I'm distracted by the garden, the horses, the sheep, the lambs, the cats. Hours later, I go to bed, tired from an evening spent outdoors.
In the morning, I remember the incubator.
The temperature reads 104 degrees.
I fried my eggs.
I've resumed collecting more eggs for the incubator. Meanwhile, the hen sits, waiting for the peeps that indicate she has chicks.