question on missing egg/chick and broodies
We have 3 broodies, 2 ( one a bantam) are co-parenting 6 chicks, 1-3 days old. The other broody is in the coop, due in 5 days. The co-parents are starting to get up and off the remaining eggs; this morning one egg was peeping loudly, then started to pip out but the eggs were being left a lot, so I put that egg under the broody in the coop, planning to check on it and put it under the co-parents tonight. I checked and hour later and the egg is gone, no chick. All I can think is that it hatched and one of the other chickens got to it.. I donÂt have an incubator but wish now that I had tried to rig something up. I feel just terrible; IÂm still shaken from having to euthanize a 4 day old very sweet, very deformed chick yesterday.
There are still a couple of eggs under the co-parents and for the most part they are sitting. If I hear pipping, should I just leave it, try the broody in the coop. or try to help it myself? IÂd appreciate any advice.