Hi there - Looking for advice on whether I should help a hatching chick. This is our first hatch - my almost-13 year old daughter was incubating the eggs and we thought we were only on day 18, but then she admitted that she hadn't marked off every day. We didn't think to make a note of the start date, so we're honestly not 100% certain what day we're on. We have three eggs. Two of them pipped this morning, one in the air cell, and nothing more from that one yet (although we can hear chirping coming from it, and the egg is moving).
The other chick pipped through the active membrane on the narrow end of the egg. There was a tiny bit of blood, but it stopped quickly. She's continued to work at it all day and is a feisty chick, lots of movement. She's managed to push off about a quarter-sized chunk of shell and her entire beak is through the hole, and she is noisy! Chirping regularly, and can hear it two rooms away.
My concern is that the outer membrane is starting to look very dried out. It's getting brown and looks very thick, even though I've been moistening it every two hours. It's separated from the inner membrane, so I was able to use (disinfected) tweezers to gently lift the edge of the outer membrane and see the inner. The inner doesn't look dried out. I saw a couple of hairline vessels on the inner membrane. There was no bleeding but I didn't want to push it.
Incubator is right around 100 degrees, and humidity has been between 65-75% all day today. Before today, it was around 50% humidity (because we thought we were only on day 18, we didn't increase the humidity three days ago, unfortunately).
It's been about 12 hours... Should I be worried about the membrane and try to intervene?