Hi everyone, I just wanted to tell you that I intervened and helped my eggs hatch on day 24. Apparently my incubator was running at 97.5 deg. F and I was worried they ( my 3 mystery eggs) would not make it. The humidity was extra low at 40-50% RH. for at least 3/4 incubation. Darn cheep guages. They had not even pipped the inner membrane because it was completely dry, white and very tough. Its too bad I didn't take any pics of the process (about 20 hours worth- mostly waiting) because all of them are now hatched and doing fantastically. Thanks for all of your help with details about how to do this. And patience definately made this hatch easy going for them and me. I kept the humidity very high and temperature on the lower side. The incubator windows had fog and small waterdropletts on it most of the time for this entire process. Making the hole in the egg: I candled the egg and penciled in the aircell area to define my picking limits. I then scratched a hole in the center of the aircell area of the egg with a drywall screw and picked a 1 inch hole in the shell with tweezers. I stayed away from the membranes attached to the rest of the shell and stuck to the free area of the aircell. First breath: hole in the membrane I then used a q-tip, dipped it in my egg cup full of hot water and wet the white outer membrane beneth the shell and slit it in half folding it over the shell's outside side and not tearing it off. I then wet the inner membrane over the chick ontill I could see the blood vessels and the beak beaneth it. I looked for an area of the membrane free of blood vessels and closest to the beak. Then I crossed my fingers, downed a glass of Doctor Pepper, double checked that everything was wet or free moving and tugged on the membrane with a tiny pinch of the tweezers. I didn't pull too far back on my tugs incase the membrane was stuck somewhere else that I could not see because I didn't want to risk bleeding from an unseen area. If the first tug didn't rip a hole with a slight twist I didn't force it and just tried again. Once the hole was made I slipped the membrane over the beak and made sure it was secure and that it would not slip back. I then wet everything again with hot water and a q-tip but payed attention not to get water near the beak. I even rolled the hot,wet q-tip around the inside shell of the egg as far back as I could and this moisened the rest of the membrane. Again the incubator was on the cooler side and wet so not too much drying out occured at this point. Back to sleep: The chicks did NOT peep or chirp and did not make any sounds at this point. I wrapped the eggs in a hot wet facecloth with a tiny breathing hole, placed them on a dry facecloth in a tupperware beside eachother and back in the incubator. I sprayed hot water with a spray bottle into the incubator everytime I put them back in to increase the humidity. I did each individually and did not remove all of the eggs at one time. About 2-3 hours later there was a melody of 3 peeping chicks and they did not stop. I stopped worrying that the chicks wouldn't make it at this point and knew that if I was patient, gentle, careful of blood vessels and gave plently of time between tendings there was not too much to worry about. I left them to peep like this for quite a few hours (maybe 6) but rewet the membrane a time or two to see if the blood was being reabsorbed into the chick and out of the membrane. Again I wasn't worried they wouldn't make it now because they could breath and I know they don't need food right away. Once I thought the coast was clear of major blood vessels (the tiny tiny tiny ones don't count) I started chipping a thin line around one side of the shell, wetting the membrane and pinching it open and off of the chick and over onto the shell. I did about 1/2 inch at a time, remoistened and back into the incubator for an hour. A little blood poured out on the first one but I just twirreled a few q-tips on the spot, didn't worry too much and wrapped up the egg and put it back for a few extra hours. Wetting the membrane, tweezing open the membrane and off the chick and up onto the egg shell in stages staying away from blood. I did not work all of the way around the egg but 3/4's on either side of the hole. I wanted the chicks to remain in the egg ontill they could push open the last bit to free themselves. I did this because I did not want the chicks stomach pouch exposed and rather waited ontill it was probably already obsorbed. One after the other they kicked their way out. I let them stay laying in half the egg for an hour just to make sure the stomach pouch's last remains were absorbed. Again I wasn't worried they would make it now and took EXTRA time instead of rushing things. They spent overnight as eggs with a hole and a beak wrapped in a hot water facecloth and were none the happier in the am when almost all of the blood was absorbed and hatching the rest could take place after a few hour period. Please be extra gentle if your hatching late chicks and do not rush anything. Keep everything moist and free. Ill post a pic soon. By the way, the chicks are black and yellow, have black beaks and beautiful fluffy feathered feet. Any idea what breed/mix. I guess you'll have to see a pic to know. Unfortunately I have 6 goose eggs incubating as well at the same temperature so I think I will candle them at 30 days (tonight) and start taking action. I may have to wait ontill 31-32 because of the lower temp to be on par. If its way too early when I open up I will moisten the solid membrane Ill let you know how the gosslings do.