OK, this has never happened in all the hatches we've experienced; have some ideas but just curious what others think. We have two hens co- mothering a big clutch of eggs. They are using a trash can which is actually now a nest box and contains only clean straw, they prefer it to standard nest boxes but makes it difficult to see what's going on. Anyway, the chicks are due tomorrow, but I heard faint peeping this morning. No chicks, but figured some were hatching a day early. There are some that seem to be hatching one at a time over a period of hours. Checked on the hens a bit later and saw one chick, but left it with the hens as no more had hatched. No more have hatched all day, and the peeping has stopped and the one chick has dissapeared. I'm assuming it's under the hens, but I haven['t picked them up yet to see, I just have been reluctant to bother them. I went out there just now and there was another chick, dead. I believe the hens might've killed it, they are both new moms, but it is also very hot today, 90,s, so maybe it died of heat? The hens are still setting on the remaining eggs. Just not sure what to do, I'm inclined to just leave them til tomorrow to see if the majority of them hatch, as usually a bunch will hatch more or less at once and tomorrow is the actual due date. Have never had the hens kill them before. Will they kill them all or is it possible that these chicks hatching are premature and unthrifty and the hen just decides they're not going to make it anyway. I don't want the hens to kill them all, but not sure that they will. Any thoughts?