i have a silkie that went broody so we let her have 4eggs it's been 3 days, checked on her yesterday and to my surprise she has stolen everyone's eggs we are now sitting on 9! Sneaky little mommy hen! I was wondering if anyone has had luck hatching chicks the old fashion way? Any chance she can hatch and keep these chicks with out me intervening? I've marked all of the eggs now so we don't end up with a bunch more. She seems to be able to sit and cover all 9 with no problem. I don't want to have to mess with a brooder heat lamps, ect... I had raised 4 baby chicks (they were 6, 5,4,3 weeks old when I got them) last year in a dog kennel in my bathroom for 4 months, even taking them to our cottage with us every weekend! I just don't really want to do that again if she can take care of them. Any suggestions?