I am new to this forum and hope someone can give me insight on what I did wrong with my chicks. I have an Asil chicken that was rescued from the suburbs in someone's backyard. After a painful integration period, she joined my rooster and 2 Ocelots, a Wyandotte and a big silver Brahma. The Asil is very territorial and also is the only chicken we have that has gone broody. She sat on 8 eggs, barely covering them. THe first time she went broody, a couple of eggs hatched and she killed the babies.
So this time, we pulled the eggs around the time we thought they should hatch. They were under a light for 2 days and this morning there was a chick, out of the egg and still wet. I moved her and the second egg with a peck hole to a light inside where we could watch them. The first chick dried and fluffed and moved around a bit. Then she closed her eyes and laydown and died about 30 minutes later. During this the second chicken was chirping and had its beak out and part of body. After a few minutes it also stopped moving so I peeled the shell off and rubbed it's body but it had died. Did I overheat them? The one in the shell never actually made it out onits own, but the first one looked good. Anybody have any ideas on what happened so I can avoid it the next time? Thanks.