Has anyone ever had problems with chicks from a broody hen dying off? My half silkie, Tufty, had 5 chicks in spring. After about a week, they started dying, and I found one dead every morning until they all died. After about a month, poor Tufty got broody again and 7 chicks hatched out. One morning, after a week, I found 6 little bodies, all dead, with no marks of violence or anything on them. I gave the only survivor to another mother. It's very sad, as Tufty's obviously searching for her chicks. What's going wrong? Usually, with broody hens, the problem is getting the chicks to hatch out, but with Tufty, they all die. Who can help? I've about a dozen birds, youngsters included, and they all free range, spend the night, sit and hatch out in a two level wooden coop.