7 PEEPS - and one stuck in his shell after mom decided to give up on the nest with the rest (which have about a week left and are still moving but they've been cold too long).
Most of the pipped chick's shell has flaked off and the white membrane has dried out a bit. Since there is still blood veins inside (and a little blood on the outside), I just wrapped him in a warm wet papertowel, made sure he could breathe, and put him under a 60 watt bulb and will monitor him every hour. Maybe it won't be much longer and he'll absorb all the fluids and yolk and then I can help him out.
When I got home from work to look for the chick I saw last night and the other three that were hatching, they were NOT in the nest box. I went around to the front and momma hen had somehow gotten them out of the nest boxes (which are waist high and attached to a house built in one end), down the ramps, and were running around with her on the floor. The other chickens could care less. Only problem was they were getting stepped on around the food and couldn't reach water.
So now I have all the peeps in the tub in my kitchen (including the left over eggs just in case), and just for fun, brought in momma hen who seems perfectly happy to hang out with the babies and so far hasn't had any desire to wander around my house and crap everywhere. LOL!
Tomorrow I will get the horse trailer up and put them in there.
From the looks of things, I've got a couple of leghorns, maybe some Buffs or Ameracunas - one looks like a Sussex (that would be dad) and one white crested black polish. The polish one is a nice treat to make it worth the effort!
Clippityclop is finally getting to spend some time in the saddle!