Hello, We have had chickens for about 2 years now, just let a broody hatch her first set of baby chicks. Hatched a couple days ago and now I have questions as the internet isn't as forth coming about this situation as just raising them in a motherless brooder Although I have consulted discussion posts here several times in the last few years just never joined. Glad to be an official member! We started with 6 chicks - 3 buff orpington and 3 Rhode Island reds, went out of town the second day we had them and our neighbor played a "joke" on us and added a golden sex link while we were gone! One of the Rhode Island reds was taken out by some sort of wild life when they were a year old taking us back to 6. The buffs have gone broody several times over the last two years and this spring we decided to take advantage and let her become a mother. A friend brought us a dozen fertile eggs from another friend with a silver wyandotte rooster, so we put them under our broody girl and waited. She broke 1 and kicked another out of the nest which I just found the other day actually under some shavings. Out of those 8 had embryos when we candled and all 8 hatched as of Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Now come the questions....they are so cute, and I will start a new post for my questions.