My bantum, Sunny (Side-Up) was on 6 eggs for 3 days and got bullied off her nest for others to lay in. My brabanter, Omelette, was on 8. Sunny and Omelette switched nest boxes because Sunny's box had now had 13 and way too big for her. How smart was that!! I finished 2 small coops for them and got them moved. So the bantum has been sitting for 21 days but her clutch won't hatch till wed or thurs. Omelette has Sunny's original clutch and one is pipping! Suggestions welcome on what to do with the eggs that don't hatch with the others and the hen "abandons" them to tend to hatchlings. I was thinking maybe pair up a potential broody with the eggs? Or maybe take the hatchlings and set up a brooder box and let her keep sitting until the others hatch. I won't have them die at day 19 or 20! I don't have an incubator but i have totes and a heat lamp. I was told by a work friend who runs a farm that his broodys don't leave the nest until they all hatch. "Wait and see" doesn't settle my stomach very well. Anyway, I heard the chirping and thought the chick already hatched and was amazed it was still in the egg!! Wow they are really loud! I was not expecting that! I hear about pipping and zipping and was wondering timeframe under a broody as opposed to incubator. I leave for work in less then 2 hours and would love to see the first Le Fleche mutt! Pics and names to follow. Thanks in advance for any advice.