Its about time for an update here:
I've got something like 16 eggs in the incubator (it keeps changing), 3 broody hens, five roosters I need to get rid of, and I finally got my two chicks moved out of my room and back outside. Let me explain.
Princess and Susie (Black-eyed Susan) both went broody a couple days apart. Susie is in a nest box and I'm afraid to move her since this can break them up and if I lock her in then she will smash her eggs trying to get out. Because the nest box is open, daily the other chickens push her out to lay extra eggs in there and often soil her own eggs or let them go cold during this process. I took some of her eggs and gave them to Princess and then took some of her's and Princess's and put them in the incubator (it was cold so I wanted them to only have a few so they could keep them warm and so that if they didn't hatch my broodies would still have chicks). Anyways, Princess got four bantam eggs and Susie got five standard eggs. However, even though it is just like two days from hatching, she kept letting them go cold and so I had to take them away and place some eggs in the nest box to keep her busy until these start hatching (when I will return them).
I just realized that Susie's sister, Goldie (named for her eye color) is also broody and so I will likely give her some of the eggs in the incubator (the later hatching ones) so that all the chicks have mother's and I won't have to raise them in a brooder. I want to give her a few days to settle into it, because she broke up the last time she was broody from being disturbed.
Lastly, two of the eggs in the incubator may die because one has some of the shell picked off (a hen pecked at it) but the membrane in tact. This one I named Kojak and I can see inside of it the blood vessels, but it looks to be turning a little green. I can't stand how green the inside of eggs can get, it is so nasty!
The other egg I'm worried about, Snart, was the last egg I found under Susie. I had taken three of hers and left her with two, then she lost one (I looked around for shell, the egg or a chick and saw nothing) and I had removed it as well. This egg is Snart. So I have two eggs named that likely won't hatch. I guess we'll see.
As for the two chicks inside, Ruby (a momma hen) "weaned" her chicks when they were fully feathered (but still small) and started perching in the chicken room again. When I tried to tuck them under her she did not call them to her and they fell off the perches. The cold stunted them as they put all their energy to being warm and fighting the adult chickens for chick food and not growing. I started taking them in at night for the warmth, food and water and they are now doing better. They are both bantams and both blue in color (well, the silkied chick is more black). Noel is likely the male and I'm hoping that the little silkie mix is a girl (her name is Rain). They are starting to gain back muscle mass and as it warms up hopefully they can begin to forage.
A picture of Spock, my sebright rooster.
Noel showing off his/her blue feathers.
Rain and Noel resting together. This picture makes them look black.
Rain and Noel eating bread and eggs while I wait to be able to buy some more chick food (as the adults ate it all).
From a tiny, first egg of a bantam up through pullet eggs of standards to the double-yolkers of an Easter Egger hen.