I set 12 eggs on the 4th of December. A week or so later when I took her off the nest to go potty there was only 11. Now I'm more or less blaming me on that since I could have miscounted when I placed them under her. 2 hatched on Dec 24th, and there was only 8 eggs left in the nest. (so now another one is missing) On December 25th when I checked I have 7 babies and 3 eggs left. Yesterday we had a total of 9 babies and the last egg was zipped open where you could see some of the chick. I had a feeling it had died in the shell but since this was my first time I thought I'd wait till today. When I checked them earlier the egg was gone and I still had a total of 9 babies!! SO, is it normal for a broody to eat the egg and chick if it died during hatch??