Help! Broody pecked hole in egg under her

Anne02

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An update:
The poor little chick in the pecked egg died. Her beak was at the hole, but she hadn’t unzipped, no movement or cheeping and was starting to smell funny...
8 eggs have hatched, one died after unzipping but before pushing out of the egg, and Mum abandoned the others! One was pipped so I put them under another broody, but this morning the same has happened to that chick- it had unzipped but not emerged and is dead.
I’ve never had this before, is it likely to do with the vast amount of eggs affecting incubation temps? I was torn in the beginning about whether to put some in the incubator but in the end I left them all under her, now I’m regretting it!
So sorry about your chicks. :hugs 🤗 Sending virtual hugs!!
 

aart

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Don't feed her during the last few dats, and esp. not on the nest. She'll come off and eat if she's hungry. She needs to get off and poop. If you put food where she can reach it from the nest, she's going to poop on the eggs again, and you saw the problems that can cause. The food and water should be at least a few feet away.
Ditto Dat!!

her instinct will be to stay sitting until all are hatched.
Only for the first few and last few days, the days in between she should get up to eat/drink/poop/dust bathe every day or two....if given the space to do so.
 
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Bluebellhoney

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Ditto Dat!!

Only for the first few and last few days, the days in between she should get up to eat/drink/poop/dust bathe every day or two....if given the space to do so.
I do have her food and water a few feet away- I only started giving her food because she wasn’t leaving the nest (as evidenced by poop) and she had lost so much weight. She must have been leaving the nest to drink or surely she wouldn’t have survived?

Also, it seems on closer inspection that the pipped egg from yesterday is still going, the one who had died the shell was crushed underneath! I wish I had my incubator!
 
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