This morning I found a beautiful, perfect, dead baby chick in the nest box with the fertilized eggs. Down still matted, eyes still shut tight. Calamity Jane, the would-be mother hen, was sitting on a clean empty nest next door.
What happened? Did it die of exposure? Was it trampled?
After removing the baby, CJ returned to the eggs with a little encouragement. The eggs are due to hatch today, 21 days after the eggs were laid. Five eggs to go. Will they hatch at all?