I put my chicks into lockdown yesterday on day 17 and I have a pip today day 18 (almost 19). I'm worried because normally they don't hatch this early, and this guy pipped on the WRONG end! Apparently he didn't read the instruction manuel on hatching. Its a funny shaped pullet egg that I had dyed last week and you have to inject the dye on the small end opposite the air sac. So of course I had candled the egg and put the dye in the appropriate spot. So I know its the wrong end because I can clearly see the small dot of cement I had used to cover up the injection hole right above his little pip. I just heard him peeping so he is alive at this point. I've incubated lots of chicks and this is a first that I am aware of. I am wondering what the mortality rate is for a chick pipped on the wrong end and if they are more successful if an area is cleared away so he can breath instead of drown. I'll be gone from 5am to 4pm tomorrow for work and I'm so thinking I should call in sick. My husband will be home but he isn't good for anything but checking the temp. Arrrggghhh. It isn't the greatest picture but the pip is right by the white and camo thermometer where the line of green dye ends. It had stained my fingers and got on the shell.