- Jul 17, 2016
Hello all. I joined the group today to ask for some help with a chick I found today? I think it was forced into an early hatching by its mother. It's at least 20 day old and probably a bit older. I found it in the coop with its shell broken open probably because the mother has been kicking the rest of her eggs around. When I found it, it was peeping and its little wing flapping which got my attention. I couldn't leave it in the coop because the hen has given up caring for any more eggs. I have it in a makeshift incubator with a few more eggs that are about the same age with a heating pad and lamp. It's hanging around 100 degrees right now. So far it seems to be breathing steady, peeps every now and then a wiggles. It's rear end and legs are still half in the shell that was left over. I need to know what I can do to give it the best chance. I saw someone else mentioned placing a wet paper towel on there for a while. Any advice is appreciated.