We tried letting our Silkie hatch out some chicks and it has gone horribly wrong. We want to attempt this again in the future but before we do I want to know if the issue was human or chicken. The chicken who went broody is a 10 month old Silkie, this was her first time going broody and our first attempt at a broody hatch. We were not exactly sure when she went broody but had a good idea within a few days. We stuck a couple of extra eggs under her that were not part of her original clutch. She was left on her original nest, tucked in under the nesting boxes and was on the eggs except for brief food and water breaks. Day 21 came and went, nothing so we decided to candle the eggs all looked to have chicks near the end of incubation, we let her keep sitting. Day 25 one chick hatched, no shell to be found, and was out of the nest and dead, some of the eggs are now missing from the nest box, I am pretty sure it was not a predator because this was during the cold snap and the snow Virginia just had. All of the chickens (14) refused to leave the coop(10x12 shed) for two days. We float test the eggs they are all potentially viable. Today, day 28, another chick had hatched and was out of the nest and dead, again no obvious sign of trauma this time the shell was outside the nest and unzipped, it looked like a good hatch. There are still 2 eggs under the hen. What went wrong? Thank you for the help. I'm considering putting some already hatched chicks under her but am afraid she might be a bad mom and leave them to die as well.