I have my first eggs in bator - day 4. I have a question. When the mother hen sits on a clutch of eggs I know she only gets up for food/water/poo and in final couple of days rarely gets up at all. My question - what does she do when the first one pips and/or hatches? Does she still sit on nest? What about when many start piping? Does she "help" the chicks out of shell if it takes hours and in the meantime are the remaining eggs left un-sat on? Reason I'm asking is just to understand more about how it is done in nature versus how we do it with bators. Haven't come across any information on what happens in the nest and with the mother when lots of little babies start pipping, zipping and hatching.