The first egg hatched - sort of. There was a fully formed chick inside the egg, but it was making no effort to get out. The hen had abandoned the nest. Most of the shell was still around the chick.
I thought it was dead, peeled back some of the shell and it moved a bit. I don't know if it was just reflex, or if the chick was alive. When the mother returned to the nest, she pushed the chick out of the nest onto the floor.
I will see if any more of them are hatching this morning.
I guess I understand why there are hatcheries and incubators. But it would be so nice to have a few chicks around here that were born Mother Nature's way.