My bantam hen, Penelope, has always been absolutely insistent on having babies. I've had her for over a year and she's gone broody more times than I can count. But she rarely ever lays her own eggs. She always steals my bigger hens' eggs. Well my rooster is a bantam and he's never been able to er...reach the bigger girls so we've never had fertilized eggs. About a month ago, little miss Penny went broody again. With her own egg this time. I let her keep it because she loved it so much. Today, I checked her nest box and she wasn't in it. The egg was stone cold so I just removed it. I figured, and I really hope I'm right, that since the egg had gotten so cold there would be no hope if it was fertilized. Well, I cracked it to see if my rooster was at least succeeding with his little wife and there was an almost full grown chick inside. I figure it only would've had a couple more days left. I am so disappointed. Why would a hen give up on an egg this close to hatching? I guess the silver lining is that now I know my little rooster isn't as useless in the breeding department as I thought he might be.