I have never done anything like this before. And did not know it was going to be so dang stressful. I had a hen go broody on March 18. She is in the coop and DH and I felt we could let her hatch them. Well on April 9 she hatched out 5 baby chicks. there were still about a 12 eggs left on the nest. I picked the eggs up that were left and checked them, out of all the eggs there was one pipping and one I could hear chirping. (I feel there may of been more viable eggs, but did not hear any sounds, other hens were laying on the nest so I have no idea where they were in their process) So with the help of some of my friends, I created the best atmosphere I could -- Using a heat lamp and damp wash clothes, I hatched the one that pipping this morning. Unfortunately about 3 hours later I received a call that she had died. I still have the one egg that was chirping and tapping yesterday evening. DH is keeping the cloth damp on the egg and keeping the light on it -- it's about 80 to 100 degrees. I instructed him to watch out for pipping. The egg seems so hard, it's a brown egg and the shell just "feels" rock hard.
Any direction, advice, or anything would be greatly appreciated. I have had some major support from a few of friends, but I just want to learn as much as possible right now.