A friend had called me today and while we were talking she asked about my chickens. I have a couple of hens that have gone broody... walking around all pouffy and clucking at everything that moved... so I let Buffy have 12 eggs in her nest and Henny Penny has 8 eggs in her nest. They should hatch in about 3 weeks. Buffy and Henny Penny are two of my best hens, both sitting on their eggs, softly clucking so when the babies hatch they will know their mama's voice, and nudging an egg back up under a wing if it should roll away. I have several more hens and two roosters, so even though two of my best hens aren't laying, we still get several eggs a day. Just look at the colors... from the softest white, to olive green, to pale blue, to speckled brown... it's a surprise each day when I go to gather the eggs. For the photos, I've placed these in a nest of shredded paper in one of my ironstone bowls. I love the old chipped and crazed ironstone pieces ~ so much age and use and they are still beautiful.