Hello everyone. I have a question about what to do with a single baby chick. I have 4 hens (2 Australorps, 1 RIR, and 1 NHR) and 1 RIR rooster. One of my Australorps is broody and is sitting on a clutch of 4 eggs. One of the eggs is about 2 weeks along and is supposed to hatch this weekend and from what I can tell, two of the other eggs that she is sitting on have nothing developing inside of them. I am debating between incubating the egg the rest of the way or letting momma hatch it. If I do let the mom hatch it though, will she get upset if I take it away? My concern is that she will not be able to defend her chick against the other hens and rooster (she's pretty shy and reserved). My roo is pretty aggressive and my NHR is the matriarch of the bunch and she can be pretty snappy towards the others when she eats. I don't have a special brooding area or chick raising area as I hadn't intended on getting a rooster (I'm too faint-hearted to get him killed) and I definitely hadn't planned on breeding chickens. If I was to separate the mom and chick, I plan on getting a few more chicks from the feed store to keep it company in the brooder. So my main question is: should I try and let the mom raise the single chick or should I raise it in a brooder? If I were to raise it myself, would she be completely distraught over her missing chick or would she not notice? If she were to notice and become upset, what should I do? Sorry for my lack of knowledge on this but I started with day old chicks from a hatchery and I'm just really nervous about figuring out what's best for both momma and chick. Many thanks.