I have 12 hens and 2 roosters in my flock, most are RIR and a few other barred rock, leghorn, etc. My question is what all do I need to do for them to hatch chicks? they were all born 5/7/15 so should be laying/breeding in October. I don't want to use an incubator but would rather have the mother hen sit on the eggs and turn them and then raise the chicks. Do you just not take any eggs out of the nest? anything else need to be done? Can they only have chicks in the spring or can they have them year around. Do I need to separate out the rooster and hen? I plan on selling the other rooster.