funny thing: About day 5, one of the broodies moved a brown egg from one of my wellies out of the nest. I tossed it. Yesterday I noticed that Seaquist, a little hen who is sitting on a nest, had a wellie's egg sitting right in front of her. It was cold - I figured she rejected it but couldn't get it out of the nest entirely because she is in a very deep hay nest. She would have to roll them uphill to get them out of the nest.
Makes me wonder - not all of the chickens let Ralphie's rooster mate them and at least one of the wellies fends him off. I am not positive the eggs rejected came from the same hen, but..... Does a chicken know if an egg isn't fertile? I always read that the broody knows if an egg isn't developing