Hello ALL! My husband and i bought a home with property back in august and wasted no time jumping right in to the hobby farm life. We started with 2 hens and a rooster, and have grown tremendously from there (in our eyes!) From there we got 12 chicks (americauna, buff orphington, and rhode island reds) of those 12, we only have 7 remaining due to hawks and a puppy. We have also added another rooster, 2 more hens, and just recently another 30 chicks. (it's also fun to mention we have 4 goats and 2 bunnies, and momma bunny just had 3 babies ) ) We've been buying our chicks from the local feed store and enjoying watching them grow into mature hens. One week we noticed one of our older girls wasn't leaving the nesting box. Upon research we found out this meant she was "broody" we weren't exactly looking to have her lay on eggs, but after a week of her NOT LAYING AN EGG, and not acting like she was ready to give it up, we decided to put some eggs under her. She took very well to them, and has been a very dedicated broody. We weren't sure of exact dates on any of them, but due to the length of time she's been broody, and pure curiosity, i took to BYC message boards to see what i should be looking for in these eggs. From the message boards I learned how to "candle". Sure I was doing it WAYY too frequently, but since we only had 5 eggs under her and we weren't dedicated to this first group, i figured i could use it as a learning experience. I wanted to see the air cell, and how it grew, I wanted to look for veins and a beak entering the air cell to breath. I was so excited to see the changes in the eggs, and to eventually hear a chick moving inside the egg! I then did A LOT more research to see what to look for in progressing toward hatch day. I found myself on a thread for duck eggs, but figured it was similar enough. I saw pictures of candled eggs showing the air cell, then of a pip, and then eventually a baby duckling My excitement kept growing! I've been limiting myself to checking the eggs under our broody once or twice a day. (which i know is probably too much, but again.. i am using this as a learning experience) After i got off of work today, i went out to check on the animals and to look for a pip. To my surprise I found one egg completely broken. But I didn't see the baby chick! I lifted our broody up some more to check the other eggs, and eventually the baby chick came out from underneath the broody's wing! We are over the moon excited about our home grown baby chick! (and not paying the feed store $4 for this baby chick!!!!) So now for my question(s)!! Since it doesn't have the hangy thing around it's beak like a rooster would, I'm assuming I've got a beautiful pullet here right?? And will adding a dish of chick starter and some water to the nesting box suffice until all the eggs have hatched? And at that time should we move them to a lower nesting box (or do so now) so the babies don't fall out? Thank you all so much! This is so exciting for us!