Adam Tiernan and his family live in Iowa, where they keep chickens as a hobby. Recently, they decided to add to their flock by incubating a few fertilized eggs themselves — but they were soon called upon to act as "mom" in a way they never expected.
Despite their best efforts, only one egg proved viable, but even then it was no easy birth: The chick inside was having trouble hatching completely, and needed the family's help to escape the egg.
Afterward, they discovered that the tiny chick needed more help yet. She'd been born with curled toes, meaning that she couldn't walk or stand.