Buffy hatched 2 of the 5 Trader Joe eggs. She got off the nest with the other chicks and got in a "different" nest box. (I think Miss Lydia said she might do this.) When I removed the 3 eggs, she got back in her original nest box. I didn't have the courage to do eggtopsies this time. I figured if Buffy didn't want them, they must be bad....and I wasn't going to incubate them for her like I'd done in the past.
I'm a little concerned with the White Leghorn chicks.....are all of them (pullets and cockerels) born with a little comb? I will ONLY keep girls for their eggs and I don't want any roosters.
Also, Buffy doesn't defend her baby chicks. The other hens have run up to the chicks and PECKED them really hard and Buffy does nothing! Fortunately, my son saw this and acted as rooster and tossed the other hens away from the babies. We keep Buffy and the babies secluded from the other chickens, but this is going to get time consuming and old acting as referee for the babies. I thought the Momma hen was supposed to protect her baby chicks!
We also gave Buffy a Welsummer chick from the feed store which she has accepted as her own. They are a cute little family. Here is a picture: