I lost one hen to dogs, another to prolapse, which broke my heart Then bought a new hen who had been kept with a rooster and though "what the hey!" and put her first eggs laid here under my first time broody girl. I assumed she wouldn't last the distance but gave it a shot anyway..... Turns out my Echo is a very determined broody! I have to get her off to eat or she just won't! Didn't notice till day three when she looked "odd" so I decided to weigh her! Luckily she is very tame and has been letting me move her, hand feed special food with vitamins and candle her eggs every day without much complaint. She was also letting the other girls muscle in and lay their eggs in her nest up till day 14 when I decided to separate her! Tonight, 10pm 21Oct, day 19 of incubation, I had a 'feeling' and went out and had a candle. ONE had internally pipped already! Another I SWEAR I can see the air sac being "flicked" so I assume that ones trying to get through and the third is just rolling around! So now I will be checking on her every now and again through the night because I won't be sleeping anyway! YAY Ameraucana x D'uccle babies!!! I will keep you posted as events unfold!!! Then we'll have to name them, and PRAY they are not roo's!