We took our broody hen out to go poop this afternoon and while she was out I decided to candle the eggs quickly and in egg #4 I could hear the chick peeping. I called my son to bring Bertha back in and put her immediately on the eggs again. Egg #4 was the only egg I heard peeping from. I also noticed the air sac has changed size and shape. It has enlarged. I am so scared I have caused grave harm to this chick, and I sure hope not.
How long will the peeping go on but no piping(no shell cracks to show the hatching process is taking place)? My husband and kids have all firmly agreed that if these chicks can not hatch on there own then they would not be good additions to our flock. We believe in survival of the fittest.
We are really hoping that the hen will do her job and I really think she will because we almost lost her a couple weeks ago because she would not leave the nest to eat or drink so she is now residing in my bedroom in a Veri-kennel.
Any advice is welcome so I can have an educated understanding of this process.