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Egg is cracked open but no sign of a chick? What the heck happened?

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We have four hens and rooster in a chicken tractor. They free range in the evenings and on weekends when we're home to monitor. Our queen bee hen, Constance, has been sitting on Lord knows how many eggs -- I think 8 or 9? -- for more than two weeks now.

 

Today, there is an egg cracked open right next to her and a little blood and fluid in the bottom of it but no sign of a chick or embryo or anything? What do y'all think happened? Did she eat it? If it were a snake, wouldn't a snake take the entire egg?

 

Thanks for your help!

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did you happen to look underneath her?

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