I have a broody Astralorp hen - her first time. She started with 12 eggs, not sure of the date, but they were not all her eggs. She had a "sister" hen go broody and shared the job in the same nest. However, she has now kicked out the other hen, is on the nest constantly. Last week she started cracking eggs and pushing them out. None were fertile. So, I candled and found the remainder to be fertile and fully developed. Yesterday I saw 2 broken egg shells, but nothing inside. The rest of the eggs were wet, as was the hen's underside. Today, she had remnants of egg on her comb, and 2 more empty shells (had to have had chicks inside) and remainder of what was left inside (no peeps tho). Could she be eating her own??? I lifted her completely out of the nest to check eggs. She came right back in and settled down. I'd love to move her and the 8 remaining eggs to a clean nest, but I'm afraid to upset her further and have her abandon the eggs. Can any help me with some suggestions. This is my first time hatching too!!!!! Pam McDonald ps: She was separated from other hens and roo just as soon as I discovered she was setting on eggs (had been out of town).