This site has been invaluable to me in the past several years, and although I haven't had the occasion to post lately, I do now. We have mainly bantams right now, and 2 large sex-link hens. Yesterday one of the large hens started to rip the eggs out of one of the nests where two bantam hens are sitting, and eat them. In doing so, before I could stop her, she ate a chick that was only a few days from hatching. I put her out of the main coop. This morning I heard more commotion and found something else had been at the eggs, and there was a baby laying in the nesting box. The mother hen ignored it, and it was breathing, eyes closed. I took it and put it in a box with a heating pad. Shortly afterwards it opened its eyes and began to peep. Just looking at it I realize it needed a few more days in the egg. But, it's moving around, so I gave it some water. It's wing has been pecked, so I put neosporin on it. Now, do I give this chick regular chick food, or what? It's got a lot of fight in it, and I will try to keep it alive. Has anyone had any experience with this happening? By that I mean a chick being taken out of the shell before it should hatch normally? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.