I posted this to a different thread and was advised to post it on the emergency thread...sorry if you had read this twice! I am homeschooling my 5 yr old and we just finished a Farm unit. It is coinciding with the hatching of a few eggs we have been incubating. I know very little about this process and I have several questions. IF anyone can offer advice or "Coach" me through this that would be great. Two chicks started peeping yestereday afternoon and then pipped sometime around 2pm. They both seemed to try all day to get out but by 9pm, They had still only pipped...no zipping. I read the thread about "helping" the chicks if they had been making no progress and finally got the nerve to try what it said around 12:00am. I was able to begin zipping arond the eggs and then I placed them back in the incubator. I bathed the membrane in water and placed a warm damp washcloth around the egg as I put it back in. By 2am I could still hear peeping but no progress in the chicks zipping on their own. (Shell is cracked and membrane is broken,,,membrane looks very tough and dry) So I took them out separaetly again and finished the zipping process. I put them back in again and wet to sleep. At 6am the larger of the two seemed in distress because the breathing movements were different than before. I went ahead and removed the membrane and the chick appeared to be dead. Just in case, I placed it back in the incubator. THe next chick I was able to free from its membrane and it was immediately put back in the incubator where it has remained. I t is breathing but I have not seen it stand. It has changed position several times but it looks very pathetic. Is there anything I should be doing to help this little one? How long will he lay there? I have had a third egg begin to pip at 8am but no zipping as of yet. Any advice ont his one? Should I leave it be or expect to have to work on this one too? The first chick (the large one) did not make it. No signs of life.