One of my RIRs has been sitting on some eggs for a week. I candled them and 5 seem to be growing and one maybe not. I am now thinking 2 weeks down the road and when they hatch (something about counting before hatching!!?). What if a chick falls out of the nesting box? It is about a 12 inch drop. I am sure the drop itself will be fine. Will mom retrieve the chick? I am reluctant to move mom and her clutch as it will distress her and may break her broodiness.. I could lock them all in the nesting box closer to the day, but mom would not get any water or food.