I hope someone can give me some advice.
Here's what happened.
My broody hen, BC, this year is sitting on her first nest. Mama has always been a difficult Hen, and with her sitting on a nest amplified her hostility towards me. Hence her name, B**ch Chicken, or BC. I was hoping the Hen from last year would've gone broody again for her second nest, but of course it didn't work out like that.
BC is sitting on eight eggs that I have labeled and monitored their growth, while giving Mama a space to feel safe from the rest of my flock. 4 eggs were further along in growth. Yesterday was Hatch day for the first 4.
When I reached under her that's when I saw a chick. It was fully out of its shell, and looked like it had some wetness still to its feathers, so maybe an hour old at the most. But then I noticed the dead ones.
After close examination they were still in the shell and hadn't been given the chance to get out like this other lucky one. I removed 2 full bodies, the 3rd one there was nothing left but some feathered piece.
When I went back to Mama, she was attacking the healthy chick!
I quickly grabbed it, and brought into my house.
The image below shows the condition of the chick. It got pretty bad wounds to the side of its head, on both sides!
One side looks a lot worse then the other.
In my panic, I did the only thing I could think of. I cleaned the area as best I could, then I put an antibiotic ointment over it, and bandaged it up!
This image shows the chick still hangin with me, and under a heat lamp.
I've since named it Lucky if it makes it.
Late yesterday afternoon Lucky gave a few healthy peeps, and I haven't heard from it since. I'm concerned about any long term effects, hearing, vision, and any motor skills disabled.
Lucky has made it through the night, and when I checked this AM, it seems the eyes are sealed shut.
I rubbed a q-tip with warm water over them. One side is non-responsive. The other side I get movement out of the little guy.
Any suggestions I could try to get Lucky back on her feet?