I don't know if it will still work but........ I have a hen that was sitting on a pretty large clutch of eggs. They were not started at the same time. The sister hen would get on top of the broody hen and lay and egg on her. 4 eggs hatched but one didn't make it. 3 decided to go roam and ended up outside. This is my guess since I was not home today. When I came home I went right to the coop and saw the chicks running around Momma. None of the other hens or rooster bothered them. Thank goodness. I felt the eggs and they were cold and saw 1 chick that had just hatched but probably died because the Momma bird went after her babies and got cold. The bator has been set up knowing this would happen. I don't know what time of the day the broody hen got off her nest but it definitely was today. My guess is between 10:00 - 4:00. I quickly gathered up all the eggs in my shirt and put them in the bator. So, what do you think? Do they have a chance? This is really my second time doing something like this. Once with the bator and once with a boody hen that hatched 1 egg. Now I have 3 cute little fuzzbutts and hoping to hatch out more.