We have Easter Eggers. 3 Hens and 2 Roosters. The girls have been laying eggs well since last fall...even through the winter. I decided to try and hatch some eggs. I haven't gotten an incubator set up, so I decided to see what happens if I just let nature take it's course. I am feeding the chickens layer crumbles and quite a bit of people food scraps and they get out in the yard to scratch and eat whatever they care to. As of May 1, I just stopped collecting eggs. I have 8 nesting boxes, and the girls have laid eggs in 3. The eggs are blue and brown and are mixed in each box. I counted 20 last night...my young daughter counted 18 on Wednesday...but she just recently learned to count, so I am not sure if she counted correctly. Someone told me that once a hen had "enough" eggs to lay on, she would stop laying more eggs and just set on them. I will keep counting each day to see if they keep laying. I have 2" x 4" wire mesh for their outside run, so I am going to add a row of chicken wire with small holes on the bottom of the fence so that if/when we get chicks, they don't escape. Currently I don't have a ramp up to the nest boxes. They are about 20" off of the floor and the girls have no problem hopping up into them, but I would imagine a chick falling out could be a problem. I think I'll build a ramp so little ones could walk up/down. I have a radiant heater in the coop and will turn it on or keep it on so that it stays warm in the coop at night (currently down to about 40 F at night). Will I have any luck in my experiment of just letting nature take it's course? ...I'm hoping for even a 25% hatch rate... If it doesn't work out well, I'll get an incubator setup and try that way.