Jerry, I recall a picture seeing a young child at your place, that was your son, I think, right? Please elaborate. Do you have any other young children? Please elaborate, you know I love to know. I ask this for a reason, you will see....
If you let that chicken set on some more eggs, I can bet my bottom dollar that she will stick out til the task is done. When your child(ren) see those little peeping machines, they gonna love to watch, hold them, pick them up. Do it for him(them).
We have a bird craze going on here, and I mean craze. The City of Vancouver (and we are a pretty large city, the hub of the Asian Pacific Corridor, the melting pot) has allowed city residents that have enough land (no clue how much they need) can have chickens to raise for food/eggs/whatever. It is going to start a rampage with people wanting to have chickens. No sure if this is going to be a good thing, or last too long. I think there may be a bunch of abused chickens out there with people not taking proper care of them and putting them in tiny pens, it saddens me. No clue why I said this --- I was just compelled, and you know I love to ramble.....smiling that big smile.
Anyways, enjoy those babies, they will hatch. I had a turkey that sit for close to two brood sessions (a brood session is 28 days for turkeys, 21 days for chickens, 35 days (imagine that!!!!!!) for Muscovy ducks). Her first set of eggs went bad because she got scared off her nest a couple of times and the eggs chilled. I took the eggs away and she went right over and kicked the other turkey off her eggs and carried on setting hers, what a brat!!! Beautiful day in this great and most fabulous life we all live, love and are sharin', health. Cindi