I was given a broody hen who wasn't part of the flock so I kept her separate. I had her sit on wooden eggs for a few days to confirm she really was broody then I slipped her 4 eggs newly laid all at the same time. Yes I have a rooster. I am totally inexperienced in dealing with a broody hen and having chicks hatch. I did not candle them during the time she was sitting on them I don't know how to do that either. I read that eggs usually hatch in 21 days so I waited. I always found the brood hen on the eggs. She would get off of them and make broody noises at first and pace back and forth. After awhile she didn't seem to mind when I came in to clean and give her more food and water. She did lay a few eggs during the process and I removed them leaving the original 4. I'm now concerned they aren't going to hatch because of the time that has past. I tried candling the eggs and think I see something in there mostly dark with a small area that is translucent. I assume this is an air pocket and what I should be seeing. The brood hen has become more vocal the last couple of days and went back to pacing at times when I come in. I think she's being protective. I don't know if this was a horrible thing to do but I spun one of the eggs like you do to see if they are boiled or not and it acted like a boiled egg i.e. solid and no wobble. Do I need to just be more patient? Do they take longer to hatch if they are sat on instead of being in an incubator? I know this isn't the best time of year to let a hen sit on eggs but she was broody and I wanted to learn how to deal with a broody hen and hatching chicks. The hen and nest are in a shed and I use a brood lamp to keep the area warm when the weather warrants it. When do I know it's been too long and the eggs weren't fertile or something else went wrong? I didn't turn them like they mention when dealing with hatching eggs in an incubator but the hen moved them around in the nest so I thought she was taking care of that. I read in the learning center but there wasn't much information about what to expect when letting chicks hatch is done the old fashioned way by a hen. Please clue me in on what to expect and when I need to accept they aren't going to hatch.