The kids were outside playing today and I was inside folding laundry. My son came in and informed me that a chicken had bit him. We have two hens setting eggs right now and I knew right away that's what he was talking about. Here's the story: Daughter was digging in the empty flower bed. She decided that Chip needed some dirt on her nest, so she placed the shovel under the hen and dumped the dirt (shovel in question was a normal size garden shovel). Two eggs were smashed in all this, I found the remains of a chick in one shell. The remaining eggs had a mix of dirt, yolk, and straw on them. I cleaned the remaining eggs with warm water and a cloth. Chip was off the nest while I was doing this, and I hope she returns. I don't know how my daughter managed to get the shovel under the hen without doing more damage. Honestly I'm glad we only lost two. Unless Chip decides that she's done setting and leaves the nest, then we've lost all those eggs. Did I do anything to harm the eggs by washing them off? There was a lot of yolk and mess in there, I thought it would be worse to leave the crud in there, and have mold and stuff growing in there vs. cleaning up real quick. Man, I hope Chip goes back to the nest. I was getting hopeful about having some babies around here.