Can anyone tell me, do hens eat their dead chicks? My hen was sat on 11 eggs. On the first day of hatching, two chicks appeared, one was fine, the other abandoned, but still alive in the corner of the coop. I put it underneath the hen hoping it was just cold. The next day, more had hatched, but one was missing - I can only assume it was the sick one. There was no trace of it, so is it likely that my hen had eaten it?