I started with a trio from a reputable breeder. I got a nice cockerel out of them and swapped out my roo with him. My other hen dissapeared which left me with a mother-son pair. Im aware this type of breeding can improve my birds quickly as well as exaggerate less desirable features. Here' my gorgeous roo Now, here's the problem. I have sold three batches of these eggs and stuck 6 under my broody and two in my incubator. Of the two in the bator, one quit half way and one hatched. The one that quit was the first egg of the season and oblong so that didnt bother me. The other chick is healthy and strong. Batch #2 went to AL and all of 6 developed but only two hatched. One is healthy and the other had curled toes and died. Batch #3 we to a bycer -All 6 developed to full term but died in the shell... never absorbing the yolk Batch #4 6 eggs under my broody,2 quit, 4 hatched and were healthy. I stuck a mottled chick in there to have some companions and I didn't want the cochin mom to abandon the rest of her eggs as they are a few days from hatching... I went out this morning and ALL of my rosecomb peeps were dead in the nest and the mottled chick was fine with momma. I think maybe the mottled hopped down in the evening and momma could only cover one or the other. The nest is 12" up ...maybe the rosecomb peeps couldn't get down? Batch #5 went to a bycer -all have developed and are on day 22 with no movement. Im wondering now if there is something defective with these eggs for them to develop and not hatch .... but my broody hatched them?? I really don't think there was anything wrong with the peeps that she bailed from them... I think it was just a terrible tragedy. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this.