I have 3 broody hens. Cinnamon sits in the nesting box - started out on 5 eggs. The other hens kept trying to push her out and sit in the same box. Cinnamon does not get along well with all the other hens and the roo is always out to get her. Sometimes I see 3 of them sitting on top of each other in the same nesting box. I have 30 hens and 1 roo. Cinnamon is down to 3 eggs. When the other 2 got broke in the beginning because of the other hens, I blocked her off in the nesting box so the other hens could not get at her. Gracie sat on 5 eggs in the corner of the coop. One egg broke in the beginning. This is also a favorite laying area. For the past 2 weeks, Lucy and Gracie sit together in the corner - sometimes Lucy has the eggs, sometimes Gracie does. They are not sectioned off from the other hens. Sometimes, the other hens will push Gracie out so they can lay their eggs there. I have the incubating eggs marked so everyday I just remove the new eggs. On Friday, I saw one of the eggs was broken (smashed) and there was a dead chick. I removed it. On Sunday, I noticed another egg was cracked. I left it and the next morning it was smashed and there was a dead chick. (they step on the eggs!)So I have Gracie and Lucy sitting on 2 eggs in the corner of the coop and Cinnamon sitting on 3 eggs blocked off in a nesting box. Day 21 is on Friday. I do not know what I am doing. I unblock Cinnamon twice a day and I have to pick her up and put her outside - once in the morning and once around 5pm. She stays out for about 5-10 min. then comes back in, goes to her box and I block her back in. When she is out she dusts herself alot. I have a petrie dish of water and put some sunflower seeds in the corner of the nesting box as I do not see her drinking or eating outside. I also pick up Gracie and Lucy twice a day. They will eat and drink out in the chicken run and then come back to sit on the eggs after about 5-10 min. Should I continue to force them off the eggs or since it is so close should I just leave them? Do I need to keep them away from the other hens now when the eggs hatch? Should I make a separate area for Gracie and Cinnamon on the floor of the coop that the other hens and roo cannot get to and then have a separate area for them outside? Or as soon as the chicks hatch should I take them away from the hens and put them in a brooder? Will the hens kill the chicks when they are hatching? Please help! Thanks!!