We just started raising chickens and a couple of ducks this last spring. It has been a learning process and very fulfilling . In October we realized that our Bantam hens had been hiding eggs. We thought because they were young they were only giving us one egg a day, between the three. we placed the eggs in a nest and one hen sat on them. Week before Halloween they started to hatch, out of 12 eggs, we had 2 chicks. we waited another week and decided the others were probably not going to hatch. we had to mark the eggs, because the other hens would add an egg to the nest. once they hatched no eggs from any hens. The first snow caught us off guard and the chicks at 3 weeks, came out of the coop, one was ok and one dead, not sure if from the cold or the other chickens or ducks.This was probably not the best time for chicks, but the one is holding its own. The young chick is now roosting with the other hens and roosters, so now we wonder when the hens will start to lay again? We have not figured out if this is common, no hens laying,( Bantams) while one is brooding. the other hens rhode island red, have not been bothered If anyone can give me a heads up I would appreciate it.