I have a broody who is hatching out a set of chicks right now. She started this yesterday and I noticed one chick pipped and seeming to be pretty lively. When I checked today, the same chick is still in his shell, but still peeping and making very, very slow progress. My questions are these: 1. How long can/should it take and is this delay significant? 2. Will this slow chick be deformed or sickly due to this weak emergence from the shell? 3. Is it harmful to help him a little or just remove the shell altogether? 4. Four other eggs show no pips or movement~how long should I leave them there? 5. Will the broody finally give up on these eggs and abandon them? 6. If so, how long does that usually take? Is there a typical time frame in which, in your experience, the hen will just get up and start tending her family? 7. While she is still sitting on the remaining eggs, how/where are the chicks getting fluids and nutrients? 8. I know they can survive for up to 3-4 days without anything, but when should I start to intervene if she doesn't hatch the others soon or abandon them, whichever may come first? Thanks for any help in this matter! First set of homemade chicks, you know!