I had a batch of eggs under a hen, who all have hatched on this Tuesday, right on time. I had 2 bantam eggs - for which I was told the gestation time was 18 days instead of the 21 days for ''normal'' chicks - so I put them under the hen 3 days later than the other ones, so it would hatch at the same time as the others.
I've candled the bantam egg yesterday evening, and I could actually feel movement through the shell and could hear chirping when I cupped it against my ear. Considering the chick was due to hatch 36 hrs ago, and the egg was still moving about 2 hrs ago, is the chick in trouble, and could I help it hatch ? It's a Barbu d'Anvers bantam, and I was looking forward to have one of them, so I want to make sure it has the best chance. Or is the trouble with hatching a sure sign the chick will be too weak anyway once it would get out ?
ETA : I just wanted to mention that the eggshell is complete, and not ''pipped'', so no outward visible signs of hatching