NEW PART OF MY POST! I just went and candled some eggs. So far I have about five healthy chicks in their first cycle of their embryonic stage! I can't be more proud of my hens and rooster! So I plan to hatch some eggs naturally, with a broody Bard Rock as their mama, I am aware there are a few precautions I should take, and I have. At night I cover her box with a thick mesh/netting. To secure her and the babies I place rocks along the lip and walkway to secure the mesh. Then I take an old metal garden hose wrapper and place it outward to ward off any pests. I clean the box once a day and clean out any poo left from other chickens when the mama is gone. I am wondering how can I further help her hatch a good clutch of eggs? Does she need to be on at night or can I take her off (it gets 95-100 degrees outside and 85 at night)? When can I start candling the eggs (I've taken eggs from a four day period)? I am wondering what illnesses I should worry about and how to prevent them. I have hatched eggs in an incubater (all healthy mind you) but this is the first time I've let a hen raise chickens. Thanks for any help! Here is the picture of my rooster, and he's much taller than he looks: By the way, this guy is for sale. He is going through a molt, but that is to be expected.