Our broody hen namded Pidge is sitting on 13 eggs. She hatched out one chick yesterday and it almost seemed like it was smothering so I took it away and put it in the brooder box. "Scruffy" is doing fine. There was a second one that was pipped with beak out peeping this morning, and I asked DH to check on it at lunch, he said it was completely out of the shell but dead. He said it's tummy looked funny. I think it smothered, but I haven't seen it yet. Now I'm thinking I need to be there all the time.....so I can rescue them. I don't think hatching baby chicks would be accepted as an excuse to miss work........arrgh! I could take vacation time, ha ha!