My husband and I have had chickens for a couple of years. We had our first hen go broody Oct 3rd. The hen is 8 months old. She began sitting on 4 eggs then a couple of days later she moved nesting boxes. So we moved the original eggs into the nest with her. At around 10 days we candled the eggs and took out the ones that were not developing and removed 3 that were not developing. that left her with 19 eggs. She has been very dedicated to the eggs. It has now been 23 days. Yesterday day 22 we had a chick externally pip. I kept checking on the chick during the day. it was making slow progress through out the day and into the night. It was around 11am yesterday that it externally pipped. I heard him peeping each time I would check on the mom. When I first found the chick with the external pip there was another egg in the nest that it looked like mom had cracked it was not very developed. mom ate the egg. a few hours later when I checked on them there was another egg that the shell was very cracked. the chick was moving but the membrane appeared dry. I saw the hen peck at the egg shell. Could she have cracked the egg? I went out to check on the pipped egg this morning and it was crushed and the chick had died. I have read every article and watched hours of videos about hatching eggs. It does not appear that any of the other eggs have externally pipped yet. Any suggestions? I need to know if there is any chance the other eggs will hatch? will she kill the chicks? I appreciate any advice as this is all new to us.