My first batch of chickens had not yet turned 1 year and all of them as well as the 8 months olds are supposed to be the non-broody kind, alas, 3 of them went broody within 12 days of each other. After figuring out what to do with any males, which I am unable to keep, gave them some eggs to sit on and the adventure began.
So far it has been great and the sub-pages are here to tell you what I know about hatching chicks with hens. The links below will become active as I post the answers and comments.
What is candling and do I really need to do it?
What should I feed a broody hen?
How many days till the chicks hatch?
Should I help the chicks to hatch?
What should I feed the little chicks?
When should I let the mama out with her chicks?
How long will the chicks stay with their mamas?
I have 3 mamas – and they don’t seem to get along – what should I do?
How many roosters will I get from a hen hatched clutch?
How soon can I tell whether the chicks are male or female?
Roosters are not permitted here – What do I do with the male chicks?
How soon will the chicks need a roost?
How soon do chicks go out free ranging?
How do I integrate chicks and mamas into the flock?
I have too many broodies, what can I do?