Quote:When you have a broody hen, allow for a few extra days, as she may have continued to lay for a day or two after she began sitting. She will move them around, etc., so that they all hatch close to the same time.
Well I went out this morning and found a dead chick in the nest with my broody girl. I was going to move her to a more suitable area than the second level nest box in the coop. Unfortunately it was too late for this chick. It wasn't under but the shell was. I moved her right away to the side pen and made her comfy. One egg was cracked already and I could see the chick chipping at the hole. I could tell she was feeling it's movements under her, but when she moved back to look she pecked hard at the part that was moving. I saw blood and it scared me so I snatched it up before she could do more. Maybe I shouldn't have done that. The chick is in my kitchen under a light in a basket lined with a towel. It is now peeping quite a bit and moving around. I'm watching momma on the nest but staying back. I don't want to interfere but of course, don't want her to hurt the chicks. How foolish am I being, honestly. I can take it. There are 4 more eggs that were placed under the same day and 4 that were laid in that nest in the next several days after. Are hens frequently harmful to their chicks? DH says I should take them from her when they hatch and get them into the brooder. I was soo wanting to see one of my girls raise her own brood of chicks. I have another broody BO sitting on a nest but I've been taking her eggs. Not sure what to do here.