I have never hatched my own chicks before, but despite the cold here in Northern Illinois I had two hens go broody on me so I went ahead and decided to let them see what they could do. I have no roosters as the 5 Australorp cockerels I ordered as chicks all turned out to be girls, so I would have to get eggs elsewhere. To the first one, an Austra-White (Black Australorp Roo over White Leghorn Hen) I gave 9 eggs from a neighbor. Despite temperatures as low as -10 F below she still managed to hatch out two. They were hatched last Sunday (01/11) and mother and the two babies are doing fine. In the same partitioned off area in the coop I have an Australorp hen that was / is sitting on non-fertile eggs. I used Christmas money to buy an incubator with hopes of giving her chicks to adopt. I received 16 eggs from a friend to try to hatch. Reading mixed reviews on the Farm Innovators incubator, out of the 13 eggs that candled positive I was going to consider myself fortunate to get 4 to 6 chicks to hatch. This seemed a decent number to give to my other girl and I was willing to accept that. Well, to my surprise, even as I am typing this new post 11 of the eggs have already hatched and the remaining two look like they will hatch as well! I have already given the broody five chicks that hatched earlier and she seems to be handling them well, though I will be watching them in the morning to see if all remains well. If she does take to them and I end up getting all thirteen (or maybe just the eleven I have now). How many more of them do you think she can try to adopt? Should I try to give a few of the chicks to the other broody despite the fact her chicks are 9 days old now? I am ready to brood these apart if I have to, but my plan was to hopefully let the mothers take care of it. Your opinions?? Thanks.