I'm sure this question has been asked before, but I just wanted to hear some more opinions. My partner and I are quite new to this and we want to give the babies the best chance they can. Here's the story: I've got 2 hens sitting on different set of eggs (each hen in its own broody box). The eggs were set at the same time, on the 31st October. 1st chick hatched on the 20th November in the afternoon. Then 3 other chicks followed on the 21st in the morning. Today is 22 November (I'm in Australia). So each hen has 2 chicks and a few more eggs unhatched (total of 4 chicks so far). How long should I leave the hens sitting on the unhatched eggs? Is 48 hours be the norm? Is it counted from the first chick to hatch or the last? The chicks are getting active and mum hens have been eating from a small dish I placed near her box (see photo). Both hens have pooped inside the nest box, towards the end. So I covered the poo with some hay. I would like to put the mums outside in a box in the yard, so they can poop, stretch and eat/drink with chicks, but I also would like to give the unhatched eggs a chance. I don't have an incubator or other hens broody at the moment. Any advice appreciated!!!