I have aquired 17 chickens and have never owned any before in my life, so I have no idea what to expect or do in this situation. I am an avid animal lover and can't stand to see anything suffer and I want to help but I don't know if there is anything I can do. Here's what has happened so far: I went on vacation and when I got back, my boyfriend didn't collect eggs daily like I was and five of my hens were sitting on eggs. Not knowing how long they'd been like that and not wanting to toss half developed chicks I moved them to a seperate coop and let them do their thing. So far I have 7 cute, fuzzy chicks running around in that coop. However, I've had three deaths that I think were premature hatchings caused by the mothers stepping on the eggs and breaking them too soon. My last chick, that I believe was hatched by this means, I found on the ground outside the nesting box this morning. He was still alive but not very warm. Not knowing what to do I layed him back with a hen and she accepted him and has been looking after him. He's dry now, but very weak and doesn't open his eyes much and doesn't move much, but kicks and flops around enough to make me afraid to dispose (I can't stand to even say that) of him. Should I have my boyfriend do it, or let nature take it's course?