Quick help w/ chick that's zipping PLEASE!


11 Years
Apr 28, 2010
WOW... I was out in the coop watching the baby chicks and one of my broodies got off her eggs. I go peek at the eggs, and one has zipped almost all the way out! It was laying there trying to hatch w/out any hen on it. Is this bad?! I was dumbfounded and didn't know what to do. So we sat and watched for ten minutes as it was trying to come out. Finally, mama hen came back and sat on the chick.

UGH... I had options.. I had another broody sitting right there, and I also had my incubator going in the house (not at lockdown humidity though).. but I was kind of shell-shocked watching.

My question is: What should I have done?! Will the chick be okay now that mom is back on it? It's windy today, and I'm sure that it got dried out a bit..However, it's like 3/4 zipped out if I were to guess? Please share your thoughts on if the baby will be able to come out on his/her own?! Or what I should have done?

Thank you!
Thank you, the chick hatched just fine! Laying underneath it's foster-mom right now

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