What do ya know, two of our hens went broody and actually managed to hatch some bebes. Last year I might have micro managed the whole brooding/hatching process too much. So this time I just let the hens be. Obviously, not being a helicopter-chicken-mom was a good bet, because we have two tiny chicks walking about.
The broody hens are very protective of the chicks (good sign) and are still sitting on the rest of the clutch of 18 or so eggs. Hopefully we will see more and more hatching in the next couple days. I will be maintaining my hands-off method though. It’s easier than purchasing and running an incubator anyhow.