Hi All! I have a mottled Java hen who has been broody pretty much since she began laying over a year ago. She is so desperate to be a momma that I broke down and got a Black Australorp rooster for my flock, and he got straight to work We started with 5 fertilized eggs (I candled them after a few days to make sure). One by one, 3 of the 5 were picked off (1 broke, 2 just kinda stopped developing). So my lil' Java sat on 2 eggs very diligently for 23 days! During this time, I candled about 3-4 times just to be sure all was well. Day 23 comes, and I'm starting to suspect all is not well... no pipping, no movement, no signs of life, nothing. So sure enough, I candle the 2, and both have died. In fact they quite literally exploded as I was handling them. So my question is, where did it all go wrong? Were the other girls jostling the eggs (Java was setting in the coveted nesting box)? Nutrition? Too warm? Too humid? Any theories or ways I can do it differently next time? Thanks in advance!!