So one of my hens went broody just before Thanksgiving. I gave her 3 eggs just to see what would happen. Yesterday I checked for extra eggs and notice one was cracked all the way around with one larger crack. I assumed this was pipping and candled them. All I could see in the egg was the air pocket, which is right were it should have been. This morning I checked and the big crack had broken off to reveal a white undercoat. I assumed this was just a bad egg. I opened it to find a baby, with feathers. It was not moving at all so I assume it was dead.
My question is this.
1. Was I wrong to mess with the eggs when I seen the crack?
2. Could this chick been alive and I was just too impatient?
I have two more that look the same as this one, but have no cracks. I did not write down when I gave her the eggs, so I don't have exact date.