My broody has been on the eggs every time I have checked and I expected that tomorrow would be the day. Instead I came home today and she was off the eggs and they were sort of buried in the dirt and they were cold! I busted the eggs open and they seemed to be well on their way and none of them stunk. I don't get it.
My broody gave up a day early!
Sometimes hens just quit early. Did you check the nest for mites? Mite infestations are a common cause of hens quitting the nest prior to hatch time.
Simply put your hand in the nest. If mites are there, they will instantly be crawling all over your hand. If they are present, dust with a mite/louse powder.