Last evening my hubby and i found 6 chicks up in our hay loft with a mama hen sitting on 5 more eggs. We moved the new family to a more suitable area because we were worried that the chicks didn't have any food or water up in the hay loft. But now mama hen has abandoned her 5 un hatched eggs as well as one of her weaker chicks (which did die today, despite my attempts to keep it alive) I took the abandoned eggs out of the nest and i now have them in a basket on top of a hot water bottle and some warm towels. I don't have an incubator currently.. we were looking for one, but hadn't found one yet. but now i have these eggs, one egg is peeping when you move it.. the others aren't peeping at all. Now I'm wondering a few things. How can i tell if the chicks in the eggs that don't make any noise are still viable? when i took the eggs from the nest this morning that we really really cold.. I'm wondering if that killed them? Also... since i have one peeping egg... I'm guessing it's close to hatching? Should i help it along? what do i do here? I've never done this before at all... I need some guidance. Thank you so much in advance.