My broody hen 9 month old (EE named Feather Face) is doing great. Its her first time setting on a clutch of eggs, and my first spring being a chicken owner! I have some 2 week old chicks in the house that I got as day olds... but of course just as I got them, she went broody and so now I have put 16 fertilized eggs under her (from my mixed flock)--- and yesterday was day 8-- I candelled quickly out in the barn- and from what I could tell, all of them were developing! Yaaaaay! She is pretty tolerant of me, and lets me hand feed her in the nest, pet her, and even pick her up and forcer her out to drink and eat while I check the eggs out (Ive only done this once, but it went smoothly). I'm impressed! I wanted to know if there is anything I need to know about letting your hen raise baby chicks? I hear there are all kinds of mothers.... some will be great, some not. So, assuming she makes it to hatch, what are some of the things I should know- or are there any articles I should read? Im thinking about things like : - assiting with any hatches that look destined to fail -how to even count or take stock of whos hatched and who hasnt? - is there a way to tell which chick came from which egg? do they hatch one at a time, slowly, or like in an hour can a few have hatched..? - will i have to check every hour on progress? -they are in the barn and its hovering around freezing- do I need to plug in a heat lamp at all- I was hoping to avoid it - she is in a makeshift carboard nest box I made to mirror the size and shape of the one in the coop she choose before I had to move her to the nursery (she's in the nursery within her coop- the nursery is 12.5 square feet. ) once they start to hatch- does she get off the nest? stay on top of them?-- will I even be able to see anything? Should I get rid of the box once they start to hatch? Will 12.5 feet be big enough for a medium size hen and a dozen or so chicks- maybe up to 16??? How long before I can try and integrate them? How long before the need their own coop? She was the flock leader. I know chicks need shallow water they cant drown in, and chick starter. She can eat the same, and they need grit. I will provide vitamins in their water. anything else? Thanks!