I noticed my little Bantam hen hadn't come out the coop in a few days, and low and behold she was setting on eggs!!! Of course I wasn't expecting that and did a "hurry up and learn about broody chickens" lesson from BYC! I have only 2 nest boxes and the other chickens were laying thier eggs in there on top of hers. After a few days I figured I better mark the ones she had been setting on and take the rest out. I'm not sure but I think there were a few days between some of the eggs in the clutch. We started out with eight but over the last week I would check her and find one egg broken with a half developed baby inside After 3 days of this, I finally moved momma and 5 of the eggs left, into a new nest in a rabbit hutch. She tolerated the transition fine. Yesterday, day 19 I heard cheeping!!!! And THERE it was, the cuteset little black chick looking out under momma. I cried!!! Today another egg has a small hole in it and I hear little noises coming from it. Questions: How long does it ususally take for the chick to come out of the egg? And: I have a new clutch of eggs I've been putting aside for the past few days to put under her after she's hatched all the chicks. I'm hoping to do a second, more controlled hatch this time, IF she will still feel broody. Should I put the new eggs under her while she is still hatching the original clutch or wait until all have hatched. I have a brooder ready to put the chicks in as soon as a few more hatch out. I don't want them to be lonely. This is so exciting, I think I'm in touble now, having caught the hatching fever!!!! Thanks for all your help, ya'll are great!