AFter years of candeling eggs, turning eggs, worrying about temperatures and humidity and then worrying about hatching, and then feeding chicks and keeping the temperature and humidity perfect and still losing many eggs, chicks and such, I made the most amazing discovery of my life. I let the Hen do the work. This summer for some reason many of my hens decided to hatch their eggs, out of frustration I just let them have their way. Not only did my hatch rate increase, I let them roam freely about the yard and I wished them luck. They didnt need luck, they knew what they were doing. My yard now if full of baby chicks and pullets and on and on and I do little, nearly nothing for their care. The mother hen does it all except feed them each morning and afternoon. I go out and throw out food and treats for them and they are so happy and healthy that I regret all the chicks I killed in my attempts of being a mother hen. Nature... let Nature have its way!