I am a complete newbie to chickens. We have about a dozen RIR hens and 3 roosters (not on purpose...) that we've raised since a day old. They have been laying for about 4 months now. The children want to hatch a few chicks this spring. I don't have a clue how to even begin. I've tried looking for the real basic basics on the forum, but they all seem to start with hatching. I need to know what to do to get to that stage. How do you know which ones to leave? Do you just pick half a dozen and leave them in one box and mark them? Then, from what I seem to be reading, you candle them after a few days to see if they're fertile? I don't know if any of our hens are broody. How do you know before hand? Is this a good time to do it? If you could direct me to where it's discussed on here, I would be so grateful. My husband might not be... but I would be! Thank you, thank you, thank you!