Can somebody tell me, if I killed my hatchling, by taking off mother hen , to look if there were any babies yet? My little Cochin hen is sitting on 8eggs, only one of them are hers, the other ones are from my other Chickens, who decided she was a good alternate broody. Now I got my first baby on Sunday morning. I was SOOO excited!!!. This is the first year I have chickens and learning every day some new thing about them. Monday I had an other egg pipped (cracked) and heard lot of tapping and peeping. Two oter eggs where 'making noise'. Looked again this morning, the cracked egg had worked it self half way around the egg, was not making noise though, I believe. This afternoon I looked again and no progress, beak was sticking out a little, I saw right away chick was dead. Other two eggs that I heard noise from yesterday, couldn't hear anything from today. Long story short, did I kill them by looking twice a day and chancing the temprature on them, I only had the mother hen off for 5 minutes. It did rain last night and temp dropped at least 10degrees here in NJ. She is outside out off the rain. Thanks for any comments!!