I am KICKING myself, I KNEW something was going on yesterday in the coop - 3 very active and healthy babies bouncing around - but both mothers were off the nest wandering around in the coop and the remaining 20 or so eggs were scattered around.................my instinct was that they had given up on the rest of the eggs as those were not going to hatch. So what do I do - open the door to the coop and put the 'barrier' up as usual to prevent the babies from being able to get out - go out riding for the day - get back - and NO ONE is in the coop and no sign of the 2 mothers with chicks anywhere! How those 2 hopeless mothers got the chicks over that barrier is a mystery to me.........................! Jeepers, they have a perfect safe environment with food, water, and every other luxury they could want to raise their babies in - and what do they do - choose the big scary outdoors! We finally found the 2 mothers late last night as it was getting dark, lying down on the freaking ground in some bushes together, I'm just praying that the babies were underneath them and they have all made it through the night. So my day today is going to be taken up with trying to catch the babies I guess without getting killed in the process I collected all the eggs up - yup, when shaking them, you could feel liquid in them - so I've dumped the lot of them.