When should I help a chick hatch? Today is day 21 and 5 of 9 have already hatched. Three have no pip marks yet so they might be a day behind, but the one I am concerned about now has opened a quarter inch size hole but has made no further progress in several hours. I can see the beak and she is breathing, but no other activity. Humidity is about 74%. I am concerned because on my last hatch I had one like this and I waited a full 12 hours before helping, and I was able to save her, but she was crippled from being in the egg too long. (curled toes/feet) I made her some corrective shoes and after a couple of days, her feet straightened out and she is fine now. However, I don't want that to happen to this one and I am not sure how long I should wait. I know 12 hours was too long but I also don't want to jump in to quickly either. What do you all do when you have one like this? Thanks!