I don't plan on hatching often, so I decided to make the first one count... I got lavender orp eggs! Because they were shipped (and I'm not a pro), I also put 6 of my own eggs in. Figuring if there was an issue, I could determine whether it was my doing or the fact of having shipped eggs. I'm at the 2 week mark now and everything is coming along great. 16 of 18 eggs are progressing nicely, but as I'm nearing lockdown I have questions.. 1. I put them in the bator at 12 am on 2/23. How exact does timing need to be? Can I do it 2 hours early? When they went in, I had the next day off of work.. so I didn't take into consideration the timing of lockdown. Just wondering what/if there is any risk doing it a couple hours early so I still get some sleep. 2. Also, I found one of my girls sitting on a few days after I started the incubator. She has since pushed a few out and now is down to 1. So I'm kind of unsure of what to do. Providing it hatches, should I bring it inside with the others? Bring a few of the others out to join her and her chickie? I feel bad taking her baby away, but would she accept my hatched chicks as her own? Hatched babies will be here a couple days sooner.. If she would accept them, would that be something to do immediately, or once her baby hatches?