I had a broody sitting on eggs. She hatched out 8 all on her own. She left the rest of the eggs in a nest and took her babies off to a new corner of the area. (she was seperated from the flock.) We picked up the "dud" eggs and found that 3 of them were still alive! They hatched out in an incubator the next day, so we took them to mom at night and she took them under her no problem . 3 days later we found all but the last 3 we added were dead and spread around her area. Mom did seem to want to just sit like she was on a nest, even without eggs, but the last 3 were under her. We of course re-rescued the 3 and now they are in a brooder and mom is kicked back in general population. So did we do anything wrong that you see? Preventable? Just a bad first time mom? Would you ban her from hatching ever again? just trying to make sense of what happened. On a positive note I have a seperate barred rock who is being a wonderful mom to 4 for 1.5 weeks and a second barred rock who had two brand new babies today!