Hello Chicken people! I have used this site as a resource over the years, but am just now posting. I have had a flock for almost 3 years now. At first all hens. Last Summer a fox discovered us, and wiped out all but 3 of my girls. So I decided to buy chicks one last time, and would get a roo. I ended up with 3 roos. I have always had some hens go broody, and so I got more of the same breed. I have Salmon Faverolles, and Gold laced Wyndottes. My top Roo Abraham is a Cochin that got thrown in for free. That brings me to this summer. My first broody Vern was a great momma. She met the fox first hand (they were free ranging while we were home), and we lost a chick. Vern survived, although traumatizing we felt ended positive. So when Zelda went broody I was excited to let her sit on eggs. Vern was our "test try", and we had only given her 3 eggs. With Zelda we increased the number and gave her 5. Her hatch date is next weekend. Yesterday morning an egg was kicked from her nest. When Vern kicked out eggs once opened I saw they were not viable. I figured Zelda was doing the same. When I opened the egg there was a chick inside. Then this morning, I go out to the coop, and she has a crushed egg/chick all over her next box! ..... her normal routine has been I let her out in the AM when i'm feeding, she acts crazy, charges everyone, Monster poops, dust baths, and then goes back to the eggs. This morning she didn't seem like she really wanted to go back. I put her in and she did settle onto the eggs. I have to go to work, but am thinking I will just try to make her more private, add some extra bedding to her area to make it softer in case eggs do get knocked around. I will also mention I have been managing Mites all Spring. I use Mint, Neem, extra cleanings (Including hosing out the whole coop), and they have access to a wood ash/sand baby pool dust bath. I have been working on staining, and finishing the wood to make it less bug friendly. I guess here is my question does this behavior "guarantee" or indicate that she is going to be a bad momma or kill them even if they do hatch? She has been a fierce broody this entire time, and I was planning on having to keep her separate for the sake of the others. Should I just prepare to see more gore in the mornings if I continue to let her sit?? This is her first clutch, but We had such a positive experience with Vern. I guess i'm looking for advice or more experienced insight. I have another favorelle that is starting to go broody, but isn't staying in a box all day yet. I don't think she would just sit on the almost ready to hatch eggs right? I appreciate and thank you in advance. Nothing like seeing baby chick mush before your first cup of coffee. I figured this would be the place to go where people would understand. PS. if this should be posted in a different area so it gets seen/more input i'm just not sure how to do it yet.