Violet ,my Blue Cochin, has been setting on shipped eggs for 24 days now and it is becoming pretty clear that they are not going to hatch. Believe me not through any neglect on her part. I plan to remove the eggs tonight and replace with ceramic eggs. I have ordered the first available cochin chicks I was able to get from My Pet Chicken which should arrive on July 7th. Violet is isolated in a front space (6 x 12) in the coop so if need be in the event she doesn't accept them, that can quickly become my brooding area. Should I feed and water the chicks before placing them under her. I know I have read this should be done in the dark. Please any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!