Gack, My hubby's at our farm, and I'm here alone with 2 broody chickens hatching today! We thought they were coming later, when he would be home. Hubby usually handles all of this. I know I have to lift momma and babies out of the nest to let them start roaming (all free range and we don't have to divide up anyone- they all get along.) How long do I wait after the first chick hatches? I gave her food, the new baby ate, too, and water. She drank and drank. She does not look like she wants to get up at all. We never do any candling, so I wouldn't even know which of the 8 under her are duds or not. So how long before I let them down?