This is going to be long. I'm new to chicken hatching. 3+weeks ago I found my lil black Silkie sitting on a clutch of 3 eggs,again. She faked it on me twice. I would get excited and she would quit. I went away for memorial day weekend and left the chicken tending to my youngest boy. Anyway, I came home Sunday afternoon just to check on mama. I found the coop door closed due to the wind and mama frantically pacing back and forth outside the run. My heart broke cause I didn't know how long She was off her nest. I gathered her squawking butt up and opened the coop door, only to find that her clutch had grown to 8. She went to her nest and looked around and after a short period of time settled back in and didn't move off that nest. Monday was supposed to be hatch day. When I checked on her that evening I thought she was dead. I gently gave her a little poke and she growled at me. I was thrilled! Last night I checked her again, gentle poked her again cause she was so still, she growled again. Then I heard it. Peep peep peep! I poked again thinking it was wishful thinking and there it was again! Prep peep peep! Yay!!!!! Tonight, I go out again, poke, growl, peep peep peep peep!! Still no peek at a chick! Wth. I went in the house, made dinner and went back out to see if I could get a peek, only to find her sister Daphne sitting on the nest with her. I think it was a warning look she gave me. "Don't poke the bear" Here is a pic...Anyway...how long will it be before I can get a peek at her chicks?