So, I’ll get straight to what I want to say. A while back I gave my turkey a chance to incubate and brood chicken eggs once she appeared broody. I was unsure at first, being a big strong turkey and all, but, I gave it a shot. She has been so persistent, sitting on the nest for over 2 months after the rain swamped her nest and ruined her eggs a number of times. I thought that since she was siting for so long, and I couldn’t break her, it was a good sign that she would be a GREAT mother. Hatching day was today (4/11/14) for one egg, (You see, she has different staged eggs, due to the other hens laying underneath her and adding onto her batch, the plan would be once this egg hatches, that the other eggs that are far from hatching would go underneath my other broody turkey) So I was excited, it was the egg from my favourite hen! Yippe, I thought. I had planned everything out so perfectly to ensure the turkey would be a great mother. The egg was coming along good, and a few times I peeked under to ensure the chick was still alive. The turkey however, tyrs to eat me (aka attack me till’ I bleed) every time I did so, which scared me-would she be that rough with the chick? I sat by the turkey for a bit to make sure that everything was ok, while little guy slowly made his way to hatch, just slowly pipping and peeping. My instincts where telling me to get this chick of the turkey NOW and put it in the bator, she seemed to be paying A LOT of attention towards the egg, but another side was saying LEAVE the egg DON’T mess with Mother Nature-she seemed to be talking back to the egg. I went to go feed the horses, as night was falling, I tended to the other flocks, and then I came back to the nest, peeked under while trying to not be eaten alive by the turkey, and found no remains of that egg. THE EGG WAS GONE. The turkey was NOT sitting on the nest properly and I specks of SAW blood around the nest. I was terrified, had she eaten the egg in the time that I left? I felt so guilty, upset, and angry! I searched the nest with the turkey off it, and found nothing, I kept searching and searching, picking up hay, moving eggs, doing anything possible- I could of prevented this! Going back for the last time to check the nest, I found the chick. Out of its shell, on the dirt, covered in leaves and muck, and the remaining egg yolk ruptured with just the sack remaining . He had spots where I could see the turkey pecked and the skin is off in some places of the little guys head. He was barely alive, only just in fact. I immediately felt like yelling at the turkey..and not letting her brood any longer. But as soon as I left the nest area, she went back to the nest. I was very upset, I could of stopped this very easily by listening to my instincts and putting the chick in the bator. I cradled the cold but alive chick in my hands and ran inside to the bator, I put him in there, set the temps, and hoped with all my might he would be ok. Hes still alive now, about 3 hours after the disaster. I have been tending to him all the way, cleaning him with warm water, so that he could fluff out, and clearing him of all leaves etc. and pretty much praying to dear god that he will have a chance at life, even if it means he/she will be my pet all his life. He is very weak. Still has not got any eyes open, but is starting to fluff, He is missing skin in places, he was not ready to come out of the egg when the turkey almost killed him. So therefor has no yolk absorbed, and has no yolk attached, just the sack empty of yolk. Im assuming the turkey ate the yolk. He has lost some blood. And right now’ it’s a miracle that hes still alive, this is a good example that chickens really are fighters. And he still gives me the peep and crawls around. He/she is in one of my old bator’s so I have been back and forth countless times monitoring the temp, because it swings. He may not live, im aware of that, but right now hes not in too much pain hes just resting and moving around occasionally. Most likely recovering from shock. Id like to add, that I had put 6 eggs under her when she had received new eggs after the rain swamped her nest. They were ones I had incubate in the bator' a while back, and I let her hatch them for me whilst the bator was playing up. As soon as they hatched I took them back..She killed all the black chicks (2 of them), but was fine with the white chicks until I took them back to the brooder! Im kicking myself. What can I do? Any advice that you guys can give? Anything at all? Whats the best thing to do? HELP. Im devastated what a horrible start to a life he/she might not live much longer. Over and out, -Mustang EDIT: Id like to add that its beginning to go late into the night, so I don't know how long I can stay up and tend to the chick..On BYC the time is showed differently to what it actually is over here, just clarifying..