Long post alert! Sooo I work in reception at a school, the teacher got an incubator as we have been learning about life cycles. It was exciting at first but since the chicks have hatched I don’t agree with them being incubated! We had 12 eggs, 8 of them hatched. One of the chicks has already died, it could not walk when it was born and had curled toes. I tried my best to keep it fed and watered but I knew it was going to die and two days later it did. Now one of the other chicks has got a round lump about an inch under its bum. At first I thought it was due to pasty butt. I’ve cleaned the chick up with warm water and cotton wool by gently removing the hairs from the poo however I could see a round lump with a scab on it that looks like it’s attached to the skin. I have currently separated said chick from the other 7 as I’m worried it may be infected etc. Could anyone tell me what it is and how to help it? It’s constantly chirping and I don’t know if that’s due to pain or being seperated from the others. Another teacher who actually provided us with the eggs is taking them on Friday to go to new homes. It will be a relief really, I’m so out of my comfort zone with looking after chicks but I’m an animal lover and can’t just leave them to be ill. If anyone mentions having an incubator again I will definitely be dead set against the idea. Leave it to the experts I say!