23 days ago I allowed one of my buff orpingtons to sit on a clutch of eggs since she kept acting broody. I stopped collecting eggs for two days. She had been sitting on each days eggs for a while at that point and each late afternoon I would gather all the eggs from under her. I made the decision to let chicken math work for me this time. I think about a week and half ago, I'm not sure because I did not note the date on a calendar another buff started to share the duty. Most but not all of my other hens started laying their eggs in an alternate location. I still daily would get one or more fresh eggs from the nesting box. My egg production by the way has really slowed down to as low as 5 a day during this time. I have 11 hens total plus Broken Foot, my cocky rooster. Yesterday no hatching was happening. It dawned on me yesterday that it was three weeks since I started this. Late last night I went out and checked again, no hatching. This morning I went out, moved a hen out of the way and saw our first chick. After breakfast I went back out with the camera to try to get some good pics but the hens were real protective and kept moving back onto the chicks and eggs faster than I could take the pics. In this process I bumped a setting on my camera so the few pics I did take were way out of focus. Sorry no pics. I'll try to add some later. Now for the questions: 1) how soon should I move the chicks into the chick room? (part of my coop that is a chicken wire barrier from the rest.) 2) is there a downside to using a medicated chick starter? 3) should I put the two hens with them for a day or two? This will be my third batch of chicks. I started last Easter with 39 chicks from our local ranch supply store chick day. Last fall I ordered 24 chicks for meat and raised to harvest. This batch will mostly be for food but I may keep 2-3 as layers. I will see how they turn out. I have a mixed flock and it seems that the number of layers I currently have is just enough to keep me in supply of fresh eggs when production is slow. Most of the time I have a surplus. I do not have any regular egg customers so I think I am at the happy medium.