Hi all! I tried searching through some posts so I wouldn't ask something that's already been posted so I apologize if it has and I didn't come across it. I am super new to raising chicks. Our hens and rooster are now 21 weeks give or take a couple of days. We have 6 hens (3 RIRs, 2 BAs & 1 Buff Orp) and 1 rooster (BA). We want to have baby chicks so here are my questions... 1) Is it too late in the year to start hatching? We live in southern Indiana. 2) They all started laying around late 17 to 18 weeks old. Their eggs don't seem to be completely full grown yet. Some eggs are a little bigger than others, we find some eggs still small, about once a week we find a GIANT one. Is there a certain timeframe from when they first start laying until we can successfully start hatching or incubating eggs? Do they need to be laying longer before we try? 3) We don't have a clue which hens lay which eggs...at least 4 of the 6 share 1 nest box. So, will 1 or 2 broody hens sit on another hens eggs as her own? 4) How do I know if I leave the eggs in the box that they will sit on them and be broody? 5) Usually when I go collect them, the eggs are cool so does that mean I don't have any broody momma's? 6) My favorite RIR seems to like one of the nest boxes and pecked at my boyfriend when he tried to collect the egg. Could she be broody? 7) I don't see any of them staying in the boxes. But, we also don't leave the eggs out there for more than 12 hours because we collect them at least twice a day. Should we try putting some golf balls or fake eggs down to see if someone's broody? 8) We have considered incubating but I wanted to see it done the all natural way, also. If we incubate, how do we introduce new baby chicks to the flock? That is all I can think of right now. Sorry for all the randomness of these. We just want to be sure we are doing everything properly and appropriately. Thank you in advance!!!