I got home memorial day after a weekend vacation. i came home to find my broody hen dead and she had hatched 6 of her eggs and the chicks were no were to be found. the dogs got her and my golden retriever was carrying her around in his mouth. with the little hope i had left, i took the eggs into the house, and amazingly, one of the eggs hatched. it was shrink wrapped so, we had to help it out, but it did great. we opened the other eggs to find all of them had fully formed chicks in them, but never piped internally or externaly. so now we have one very loud lonely chick. but we figured out how to keep it entertained . it follows me and my siblings around the house and when i went outside to feed the ducklings and my 5wk old chicks, it followed me out the door and across the yard. i had to carry it on the way back because it couldnt keep up anymore. we also had it running around on the floor and my brother was playing on my ipod, and it started trying to pop balloons!. it didnt sense it, though. and the little guy will chirp and chirp when its in the brooder so i have to sit on the chair until it falls asleep and then stick it in the brooder so it will sleep. thank god, on june 9th, i have 1 turkey, 24 pheasants, and 14 guineaus set to hatch, so we will get our spoiled rotten little chick a friend.