I noticed the little grey bantam hen was not laying eggs, until I found her hidden clutch of them behind the nesting box. She chirped one day and gave away her location.  Since she had already started to lay on then I decided to let them hatch.  Thinking there would be a few at most.  Well last week we had 8 chicks hatch!  They are very cute and she is such a good mother hen.  We separated them from the adults by giving them thier own section of the chicken coop.  Last week, I found a home for five of them and decided to keep a few to watch them grow, replace some that we had lost to a fox and not upset mama hen too much by taking all her babies away.