One of my silkies went broody about a month and half ago, we tried everything to get her to stop even put her in quarantine by herself for a week. Well I gave in and gave her 4 eggs- not sure if they were fertile or not, just to let her sit and then if they didn't hatch I was hoping she would be over the brooding. Well yesterday morning I had to work at 6am so hubby took care of all the animals for me. Well of course he was trying to be nice and grabbed up the eggs like I usually do. Well I had marked the 4 I gave to her with black marker to make sure I wouldn't accidentally take them since for some reason if she gets off the nest even just to get a drink the other hens will go lay on them and usually end up laying there egg in there . Fast forward to this morning I decided to make some eggs.... well he must have not looked well enough and I cracked open 2 eggs and of course they BOTH were chicks (not full grown yet at all). The marks on these 2 eggs had faded and were hard to tell, i should have re marked them! Well I now know the last 2 are fertile and that I should be expecting 2 chicks eventually. I re-marked the 2 remaining eggs again, not having that happen again! This is the first time I have even had one of my girls go broody so first time allowing a hen to do the work. My question is how long does it take? Shes been on the nest for almost 2 weeks, she doesn't leave it at all only once in a blue moon have I seen her get up just to eat a bit and then shes straight back to it. UGH I just feel awful they clearly looked like chicks but in the developing stages..... Now my husband won't even collect the eggs.