When we bought our house in November 2011, 10 chickens came with it. The previous owner said she let the hens brood once but never got chicks. We let them brood and because of what the previous owner said, thought we wouldn't get chicks either. Our rooster did seem a little awkward! Well, last night I found a chick, still half in her shell, pushed away from Mom. It was really cold, and Mom didn't seem to be doing anything about it, so I took it in the house and cupped it in my warm hands until it came out of its shell. It didn't take me long to realize it had a bum leg, and it actually looks like one of the hens pecked the leg and damaged it. Has anyone else ever heard of this? I can't find anything online or in my chicken books. Another thing, 3 hens take turns sitting on those eggs. Is that unusual?