So what started as about 7 eggs and 1 hen around the 4th has now become 17 eggs with 3 hens all piled up on them lol. I have 4 silkie hens and one rooster in a pen together and they have been laying like little machines for the past month or so until the one went broody. I saw the 2 others sitting on the eggs along with her about a week into it but didn't think anything of it because silkies are notoriously broody and just thought that's what happened. I've been working a lot lately so haven't done my usual checking and candeling. Anyway, this evening I decided to candel a few and was shocked to find 17 eggs. So obviously they all aren't going to hatch at the same time, but because there are 3 hens trying to hatch them all what do you all think the chances of them continuing to sit once the first few hatch are ? Should I take them away as they hatch or leave them ? I have always had much better luck when hens raise their own. It just seems like the chicks do better and are hardier. So any thoughts/opinions ?