So, I have a broody hen who is trying to hatch eggs again, they should be hatching around Monday (October 3rd), but when I came home tonight, this egg appeared to be smashed. I keep a small board in front of the box to stop the others from getting in there (or at least discourage them from going in, doesn't always work), and I don't think the chickens would have smashed this egg, so I'm not sure what happened. I had a theory (first time egg hatcher pretty much) that maybe the chick broke the soft part of the shell, it deflated, then began cracking away at the harder part? I don't know, it's probably makes me sound stupid. If it's smashed, would the chick die if its supposed to hatch in a few days?