My family and I went on vacation for a week and came back to 3 broody hens laying on a bunch of eggs together. We decided to let them continue and see what happened (this would be our first try hatching our own chicks). 3 chicks hatched at are thriving. Days later, I found one flattened chick and one half out of the shell dead. The next day I opened the coop and saw another chick half out of the shell chirping and the hens would not keep it warm. I know that you aren't supposed to help a chick out of the shell but I couldn't bare to see another die. Desperate, i held the wet baby in my bra covered with a towel for 5 hours until he fluffed up then put him under heat lamp. He ended up making it and I gave it a little water and some egg yolk. He's the sweetest little guy and I'm smitten with him. I do, however, have a 1 year old so I can't exactly carry a chick around with me all day. Two of the hens are still sitting on eggs which I don't think will ever hatch. I put Lucky under one of them and the hen took him. The hens peck at the chick if it's out though and I worry that I'm going to find him dead. They also won't take him to food or water either. Should I take the eggs out from under them and just let the chick remain? I don't know what to do.