I am really new to the chicken addiction so I have been spending hours on this forum reading many different types of threads. Some day I would like to either hatch some chicks using an incubator or if I was lucky enough to have a hen go broody, have her hatch the chicks out. I am a long way from being ready for that (9 week old chicks and no rooster, well supposedly no rooster and from what I see probably no rooster LOL) but one thing I have seen on more than one post about broody hens is that the hen has killed some of the newly hatched chicks. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas why a hen would do this especially if the chicks are healthy? Are there certain breeds that are more likely to do this and others that are less likely? Is it more on a hen by hen basis? Do you just have to watch every new mother hen to see if she will do this? Can you trust a hen that has sucessfully raised a brood before? I would like to avoid a trajedy if I ever get to the point of having a broody hen with viable eggs under her. Thank you so much for any information you could give me and I have to say this is such a great website. So many people willing to help total strangers.