I took my Granddaughters young Banty Hen in a little over a month ago. I have an established flock of chickens and then hens mostly just ignore her. 3 weeks ago the banty decided to sit on 2 eggs (not hers) and I decided to let her hatch them out. This morning I discovered that one of the chicks attempted to hatch. It never made it completely out of the shell and I am wondering if she didn't freak out and smother it or step on it. She had abandoned the nest, the other egg had a pip out of it but the other hens had laid 2 eggs in there. I checked last night and the eggs hadn't hatched.
I stuck the pipped egg under her but don't hold out much hope. I intend to boot her broody butt off of the nest this afternoon. What's my next step?