Here is my story as short as I can. Little hen went broody and tried to break her for 2 weeks. Finally went and got some fertile eggs from a friend and let her sit. Yesterday afternoon she was off the nest but puffed up and chasing everyone. Then noticed she wasn't sitting back on the nest. This morning notice one of the 3 eggs was missing from the hen box (which is about 3 ft off the ground) and the hen sitting on the ground, but wouldn't move even with the other chickens stepping on her. Also, the other two eggs were cold to touch this morning, but I left them just in case. This later this morning we all the sudden saw a head pop out from under the hen....she had hatched one. I checked the other eggs left in the box several times today and saw nothing. Then this afternoon I was just out checking on the new baby and looked in the hen box and there was a new hatchling out of one of the eggs!! We moved to her and she has taken the baby in.
Where I need help is...the other chickens are messing with the babies especially the new one who is still trying weak from hatching (I assume...this is my first time) Do we move her and her chicks to a safer location away from the other chickens, or will they be ok? They have pecked the chick walking around a couple times, but momma hen quickly calls it back under her. Just a worrier and want to make sure I am doing the best thing for them.
By the way...this is the coolest thing ever and I am so in love watching her love the babies :)