Saturday was hatching day. I went out to check how my broody hen was doing, as I was sure I'd heard the sound of a chick out it's shell a couple of hours before. I couldn't resist temptation and lifted her slightly to try to see the chick. I noticed blood on the eggs and then the poor baby, not even dry, beside the nesting box with her brains pecked out. As this was her first ever chick, it's unlikely that this one was killed because of a defect. The rest of the eggs then went into an incubator and now I have seven healthy chicks. The mother, however, is still broody. I tried adding the chicks to a three week old clutch, but the mother rejected them. Do you think it's worth giving them another shot with their murderous mother? They're now five days old. They are happy enough in the dog crate with a brooder, but without a mother they'll not be able to free range around the garden for quite some time. Is a bad mother better than no mother at all?