Two first-timers left off sitting on a dozen eggs half-way through the deal. Eggs were cold but I put them in the incubator just in case there was a faint heart-beat.. To date, 5 healthy chicks,( three already adopted by one mother, 4 to hatch, 3 deaths. One died of cold before it reached incubator. One did not zip and died in the night. One born quadriplegic from a spinal deformity. Mercifully died in the night.)
A very cute chick was born with soft, rubbery legs. Right leg splayed out and she could not stand at all. Day one was distressing for both of us. Little chick was exhausted. I gave electrolytes and sprinkled Brewer's Yeast on some egg yoke. Fed her twice. I prayed. This morning, i picked her up and she stood upright on my hand. Now showing off running around with the new arrival. I am relieved and thankful.