In the Brooder
- Feb 15, 2016
We had a broody hen that hatched 3 babies out yesterday, and then decided she was done. Left, buried and trampled the remainder of the nest. My 11 year old (chicken master) just sent me this picture of an egg he rescued from outside. I'm 2 hours away and can't get home for another 6. He says it's peeping loudly in there (or at least was an hour ago). I've never had this situation (we only use broody hens to hatch or buy baby chicks) - we don't have an incubator. He's put it on a heating pad on low.....what do I tell him to do next? Wet the membrane? Does it look like it's being shrink-wrapped? Not sure if we should help....He said he can see wet feathers thru the little hole, but no beak. Not sure what day it is....she was sitting on a nest we found late in the game with eggs from multiple hens (and at multiple stages of development when I candled a week ago).