My first time broody was due to hatch out her eggs yesterday or today. Nothing yesterday, but when I checked on her this morning there was a chick that wasn't underneath her. It still had some of the shell on it and almost all of it was still covered with the membrane. I pushed momma out of the nest and nudged and poked the little chick. No noise, no movement nothing. I let momma get back on the nest and then she started pecking the chick. So I decided it was dead, brough it inside and through it away. About 4 hours later I went to take out the trash and when I picked the sack up from the garbage can I could hear peeping!?! ACK! Dumped garbage all over my floor and got the chick out. I am SO new at this and I really wasn't sure what to do , so I just took the membrane off of the chicks head. Then went out, pushed momma off the nest and tried to get her to take care of the chick. (BTW there are still 10 eggs under the broody, and now 2 have pipped). She wouldn't have anything to do with it. She pushed it off to the side again (it was oh so cold when I got it out of the trash) Maybe I'm stupid and just holding on to something that's not going to happen....but then I decided to take the chick into the brooder in the garage. Put it under the heat lamp and waited. She (we'll go with she for now) got the rest of the membrane and the shell off, and has scooted around the brooder some. She's almost completely dried out now. But I have a few questions and decided to come and ask the experts before I do any more horrible damage 1) part of the membrane and shell is still attached to the chick, like an umbilical cord. Is that ok? Will it dry up and fall off on it's own? Do I need to do anything with that? 2) What's normal activity for just hatched chicks? I've only seen them at the feed store or been sent them in the mail and they're all little peeping fluff balls. This one is still really lethargic, can't stand up, and peeps only occassionally. Is that a bad sign that it's not going to make it, or is this normal behavior for the first 12 hours of life for a little peep?