I can definitely say I have learned a lot about raising chickens this year. I moved to a new home bought some chicks (before building a coop I might add!), eventually built a coop and graduated some of the "extra" Roos to the DFU (Deep Freezer University)! I can now say that I have another first. I decided to let one of my hens that decided to go broody, sit some eggs to see what would happen. I was told that the chances weren't good for the "first eggs" to hatch. Well I'm proud to say that 3 outta 5 of the eggs she was sitting on have hatched. The other eggs have mysteriously vanished from the nest. The first one hatched sometime Monday. I was at work and my wife called and informed me of the hatching. Since it was very cold out that night and the chick had jumped from the nesting box I told my wife to bring it in and put it under the heat lamp that I still had set up from when I originally brought my chicks home. That way the hen would get back on the nest. Sure enough thats what she did. The chick is fine, a day and a half later another chick hatches . I let it stay with its mother for most of the day only picking it up that evening during feeding. I notice that there is only one lonely egg left. I pick it up inspect it and put it back, 10 minutes later I hear peeping from the coop and to my surprise the egg now has a massive crack all the way around it and a struggling chick is still inside. I go inside to tell my wife only to find out that the older chick is mercilessly attacking its slightly younger nest mate. I have them separated at the moment but am at a loss as how to handle them long term. I don't really have the space to set up separate brooders for each long term and hope to not have a repeat performance with the third chick. HELP!!