No chicks. All that patient work by that patient hen... and no chicks. So we thought we'd give her a second chance by giving her some fresh (and hopefully fertile) eggs. The big question is whether she has the patience to set for another three weeks.
I gathered some eggs and put an "X" on the ends to identify them.
I lifted the hen off her eggs (squawk!) and saw no signs of hatching. Duds!
I added five new (marked) eggs but also left her old ones in place in the touching hope they still have a chance to hatch.
Settling back on the nest...
Tucking the eggs under...
Done. Think she can manage another three weeks?