I was so excited to have my first Jersey Giant broody- till hatching time came around, that is... My girl had 12 eggs under her, but one dissapeared, which was odd, but I just ignored it. The real problem is that my hen keeps squishing the chicks as they are hatching! I go out to check the eggs twice a day and yet somehow, between my checks, she keeps squishing them flat when they are about halfway hatched. So far only 3 have made it,(one I rescued half flattened, but it is fine now) and four have been found flat and almost fully hatched, but still in the bottom half of the shell (all 4 dead). I took the rest of the eggs away and put them in the incubator. Right now I think the problem could be the size of the nesting box. It is about 16 by 16 inches (tall, wide, and deep). She cant stand up in it, but she fits in it with her tail sticking out, and can get up and turn around. I have bigger boxes, but she refused to use them, even before she was broody. How big should the box be if mine are too small? I'm wondering, is it common for such huge birds like Jersey Giants to just be ignorant of their size and accidentally squish chicks simply due to their weight and size, or is it the nesting box size? Has anyone else had this kind of problem, (with any kind of hen, jersey or not)?