I took this duck egg from the mother maybe 4 days ago as it was spider webbed cracked around half the egg and I knew it would die. I sealed it with wax and a little nail polish and it's been doing great. The temp has fluctuated in my homemade incubator, just during a couple nights. I've been up all night off and on with this egg. I really want it to live, it's the last egg from my duck. I have a crazy goose that broke the rest of her eggs, and killed two baby geese from the other goose. Her eggs died after a rotten egg broke in the nest (I wiped off the one live egg that got goo on it, but they ALL died anyway. My ducks have always kicked out rotten eggs, so I didn't candle and do it for the goose. I know better now!) Anyway, this is the last egg alive and I'd really like it to live! It pipped about 13 hours ago or a little more. Then it made a few more little cracks around that about 6 hours ago. I've got the wiggler temp around 98.5, and humidity at 75% pretty steady. He didn't seem to be making any progress so I took him out and looked at him, with a warm washcloth around the egg. He had his bill barely out the hole, but it's very moist. The membrane is mostly still wet, with yellow goo on the inside of the membrane (not a lot of it though). Problem was he was blowing bubbles from his nostrils, and opening his mouth to breathe, with some moisture in the corners of his mouth. So I carefully broke away some shell, about the size of two nickels. I took some of the outer membrane as well, to make an opening for him to breathe. The inner membrane is open about the size of his head, and still has some veins. So I didn't take any of it away. I used q tips to wipe around his bill and the opening to get the goo and liquid away so he could breathe. I can't take any more inner membrane cause of the veins, so he's back in the bator staying warm. I dabbed his nostrils with q tips to get any liquid out I could, and there's fewer bubbles. Still kinda breathing from his mouth, and off and on cheaping a bit. He's not trying to crack the shell or do anything other than lay there and breathe heavily like any baby trying to hatch. My plan is to keep watching and make sure it's dry around his face so he's not breathing water or goo. Should I do anything else? I wet the inner membrane a bit where it started to dry, but it's mostly still pretty wet. Should I lower the humidity? Will he just wait a while and then try to crack more shell? I'm trying not to do any more than necessary, but I won't let him drown either.