I have been trying so hard not to disturb the broody hen and let nature take it's course, yet this morning I am wondering if I have done the right thing.
When we set the nest we made sure there was a deep enough hollow so no eggs rolled out but that the lip of the bucket was low enough so any newly hatched chicks could get back into the nest.
I guess we got it wrong. First thing this morning when I went into the shed to get the feed for the layers I noticed a shell outside the nest and just thought another chick had hatched. Having just gone back up, now it's light I noticed not far from the shell a newly hatched almost dry chick. I am so cross with myself, such a waste.
Now I still have to wait until she leaves the nest with any others that may have hatched. Not checking on her every few minutes is going to be very hard.