So I have a broody Indian Runner hen who has been shut in the secure pen all day (but others are in with her at night). Runners are not known for mothering ability, which may have something to do with this. Babies are due to hatch on Monday, so they could begin pipping as early as tomorrow (they tend to pip two days before hatch, and sometimes hatch two days early). Four eggs still viable under her. This afternoon I went out to put the others in the pen with her and before they went in (while I was preparing food), I noticed one of her eggs out of the nest, beside their pool. Status of egg is slightly gruesome. She has punched a large hole in the side (I've hatched enough eggs, and also seen enough rotten ones thrown out of the nest to be fairly confident that the cause of the hole is a duck's bill--there have been no other birds in the pen today and I counted the eggs under her this morning, so it has to have been her). There is a long gash in the membrane where she poked through. And it is BLOODY. Egg is cool to touch, but it is 90+ degrees out, so it's not exactly a cold egg. I picked it up to bring inside for egg-topsy, but because it is bloody, I'm fairly sure the baby was living when she poked through. In the house several minutes later, I squeeze the egg ever so slightly to look inside (this opens the gash a bit) and gaze at the yolk & veins & baby and....... it moves. Ai ai ai. Soooo..... I powered up my recently powered down hatcher, threw in a bunch of wet rags, wrapped the egg in a wet towel (but with the gash not covered), and... now I'm posting here. Any chance this critter will survive? It did not fill up the entire egg, but it was close. Did the mother perchance hear it peeping and decide it needed to be disposed of? What is the deal? She has gotten meaner and meaner every morning when I go in to check on her. I assumed it meant she is ready to be done already--why would she destroy a viable egg? Argh! Anyway... I welcome input... Edited to add: There are mites or some small creature crawling on it & into the hole. Not many, and I wiped off what I could get to, but a few. Yikes?? Edited again to change heading. Thanks MotherofMars!