Hi - I have two broody hens (one Polish, one cochin) who were sitting on a clutch of 6 eggs . the eggs began hatching today. Both hens have been sitting together on the same nest for 3 weeks. Who should I let be the mother hen? Should I separate a few eggs for the Polish hen and let the cochin have the other 4? last I checked it looked as if the Polish hen was pecking at one of the baby chicks while under the cochin's wings. does this mean she will peck the chicks to death? Currently i have them outside in their hen house and plan to separate momma and chicks from the other adult hens. how soon after hatching should i do this? When do i introduce the water and chick feed for the babies - same day or one day later after hatching? also, a strange thing happened two days ago. i originally had 7 eggs under momma hens. the other day one was missing and i never found it. i have no idea what became of this egg as i never saw any remnants of it. could the hens have eaten it i f it tried to hatch? did it die? total mystery to me. thanks to anyone for advice to my many questions!