Hi there expert hatchers, I need a bit of advice. After almost a year of enjoying chicken life, our buff orpington went broody. This is our first experience with broodiness, and due to a substantial loss of three excellent laying hens, I decided to let her sit on some eggs. However, I did not really want more Orpingtons as they can be a bit "dramatic", and decided to put other eggs under her. What I didn't realize or know about at the time is the 6 day factor of being able to collect eggs and put them all under her at once. Instead, I'd put two under her here, three more under her the next day, and so on over a period of five days. Now I know. So now, I'm guessing this will be an extended hatch? My intention was to let her hatch the eggs out naturally and take care of the little ones. However, do I need to intervene with the first hatchers and put them in the baby brooder for a few days while the others finish cooking? Or can she sit on babies while still allowing others to hatch? Does it simply depend on if she still sits on the eggs after the first flush hatches? When exactly would you all step in and decide intervene? I've done a ton of reading on here, but I don't want to screw it up with intervention or lack of intervention or cluelessness. Warm Regards, Mama Knucker Hatch I've candled all the eggs and she is now sitting on nine, after removing four. The kids wanted to break open the four, and I was SO NERVOUS I might be wrong and open things up on a little growing chickie! But our candling efforts were correct. I just want to know we've done our best.