I don't know where I got it in my head that eggs hatch at day 28, but that was my plan. Today is day 21 and I noticed I have at least 5 chicks under momma! This is our first attempt at hatching chickens. We have a buff orpington, Sahara, setting on eggs. Dad is an EE and the moms are EEs, White Leghorns, Brown Leghorns, Barred Rock, & Buff Orpington. We tried to do this as natural as possible, so we didn't single out the type of egg we chose to put under her (I'm not sure that we could other than one of the EEs is green and the Leghorns are white). We moved Sahara into a separate pen with the eggs on July 9th. We've pretty much left her alone, making sure she had food and water. We check every day just to make sure she's alive, but she never lets us look under her to see the eggs. DH and kids went out of town yesterday, so no one checked her. When I went out today to check, I was greeted by precious chicks. I counted 5 that she would let me see before she pecked at me. They were all fluffy and perky. Very beautiful. I'll go out in a little while and see if I can take some pictures. I'm not really ready and I'm sad my DH and kiddos aren't here to experience this. I don't have chick feed for them. I do have a chick waterer that I put out with marbles. I know they can survive a few days without food, so I'm not too worried, but should I move Sahara's food out of their reach? Can I give Sahara treats today or wait until she voluntarily leaves the nest? Will she leave the nest? How long should I wait to check the other eggs? Any advise would be appreciated.