I bought 9 Welsummer eggs in April, and my Buff Orpington hen sat on them and sat on them and sat on them. Around three weeks nothing was happening, but shortly thereafter, a smell began to eminate. Finally, at 28 days, the smell was overpowering. I bought her a few chicks locally to care for and whooshed her out of the nest to clean it. There were the remains of THREE (instead of the 9 Welsummer and 3 additional Americauna eggs), and the bodies of two or three chicks. It was hard to tell whether they'd hatched normally or were naked, because they were pretty far gone. Can anyone explain this? Could she have killed them? She was a first time brooder, and I did read in another thread that first timers may do this. Then what happened to the rest of the eggs and shells? Will she do this again? How common is it? The hen is very happy caring for her last minute brood and is a good mother, but instead of Welsummers, she's raising some heritage meat birds. I sure would have liked those Welsummers and Easter Eggers, though. In a similar vein, my broody bantam hatched out 2 of about a dozen eggs. Some of the eggs just never hatched, but there were only three left in the next, and two hatched. That makes a bunch unaccounted for. She's taking very good care of those two, btw.