Hi! So it’s day 21 for most of the eggs under our broody Spitzhauben. I know that number is just an average for a incubator, so they might not hatch today, but I have a couple questions. I know in an incubator, after first pip you’re not supposed to open the incubator so the humidity stays up. Well, does that stay true under a hen? If one pips, can she not get off the nest to eat? Does she need to be on top of them the whole entire hatching process? Right now, she’s in the barn, in a pen that separates her from the other chickens. The barn isn’t heated, so I imagine the temp and humidity drop quite drastically when she gets off them. Throughout the whole process, she’s been getting off the nest once or twice a day to eat (even if we have to make her). Because it’s cold out there I would think maybe the eggs would develop a little slower. But we had been candling them, and they looked to be just where they should be development wise! Right now we are working on building a brooder in our garage. Our garage has electricity so we will have a heat lamp in there in case it gets too bitter outside. We will also keep the mama hen in with the chicks, because we want to let her raise them. So really I guess I’m just asking if the rules for hatching under a broody hen are as strict as they are in an incubator?