I'm thinking about getting a roo this year and hatching some eggs, I'm not very interested in incubating and would much rather let one of my hens hatch them herself. The only thing is, I know nothing on this subject. I've had chickens and ducks for a year now but am just now thinking about doing this. How long will she be on the eggs? Does the weather matter? How will she get food and water if she's always on the eggs? Once they hatch do I take them and care for them in a brooder with a lamp or let them stay outside with her? Or do I put her in the brooder with them? If she's alone with the chicks, what about food? How can she get calcium when the chicks are eating starter food? How do I know the eggs are fertilized? How do I encourage my hens to go broody?