Good news, 5 healthy chicks hatched- 3 New Hampshire Reds and 2 Australorps- by broody Buff Orp. Bad news, two others didn't survive: one apparently had not absorbed yolk, the other pipped and then died inside the dried out membrane over night (it has been horribly hot here). Ugly news, mama tried to kill oldest Australorp chick by pecking it near it's eyes on both sides! I don't think it will make it...it was bleeding when I found it and has a nasty wound. Do you think it is because the chicks "changed color"- the three NHR's hatched first, even tho all were the same age? Needless to say, I took all the chicks from the broody. She is still sitting on 2 eggs. It is day 21, so I will leave her for a while. This all started out so fun and sweet...did I screw up by giving her such different chicks to hatch? I am trying to still love her, but it is hard right now. The scurrying, cheeping chicks, usually a surefire grin maker, are only mildly cheering, with that poor little guy struggling off to himself..........Boo hoo. What a crazy roller coaster ride- elation and nausea all in the same day.