I'm new to hatching chicks and I'm new to this fourm so hello :).
OK heres the background. I wanted to try hatching out some bantam eggs so I purchased 12 mixed pekin and silkie eggs. I dont have an incubator so I placed them in my vivarium, I got the temps stabilized at between 36 - 38. Out of the 12 when candled 6 were fertile so on day 18 I disposed of the rest. When candled all the eggs showed good development and good movement. As the viv is quite big I knew humidity would be a problem so I have a tub with water in it and I have a sponge that I soak and spray several times during the day. I know this is not ideal but it seems to be working... so far.
Ok so I get to day 21 and no pips no movement no nothing so I read your posts on here and it would seem that if you dont get conditions quite right then things can take a little longer. Well nothing happened until this morning.
Day 23 this morning at about 9am small cracks appeared and the little chcik started churping, nothing then for a few hours then still churping throughout the day today.
It's now 9pm and a small section of shell (about half a cm) has fallen off from the egg. The chick is no longer making churing sounds is this because he is resting? The membrane inside the egg has not been broken yet, I'm worried about him suffercating if he has not broken through... I have dropped several droplets of water on the membrane to try and keep it moist and the temp is stable at 37. Do I help him and break the membrane myself or will he be ok overnight untill he does it himself? Help please..