So frustrated. One of our Austrolorps went broody. We have a 10 hole nesting box and while there is more than enough for everyone to lay an egg in their own box, since not all 11 lay everyday, they all like to share a box. One day we went out to find our Austrolorp sitting on the eggs so we let her be. I have already ordered chicks this year but we figured we would see how she did. Now we know she didn't do well. Yesterday the other hens had laid their pile of eggs in the box beside our setters box. So apparently with all chickens must have on their minds when she got up to eat, she got confused and came back and set on the pile of new eggs instead of the ones that were a few days from hatching!!!! I don't know how long the mix up was for but the new eggs were very warm and the others weren't very. It was only in the 60s yesterday so as a result of one dumb chicken and the help of a few others who are obsessed with sharing all my babies are dead. I put her on the proper nest and threw the warmed fresh eggs out just to be safe. I guess I will wait a few days before I toss the ones full of chicks. I hate that, it breaks my heart. Its not likely, but I wouldn't be disappointed in some miracle chicks.
I'm loosing hope in birds all together. I came home to find a Killdeer who had made her nest right in the MIDDLE of the driveway. Either this is natural selection at its finest or birds will be extinct soon at the rate they are reproducing with success around my house.