Here's my story in a nutshell and I need answers within the next two hours, please! Decided to hatch eggs with my students at school. The parish (yes, I am in southwest Louisiana) extension agent allowed me to borrow a Little Giant incubator with the automatic egg turner (but no fan). He provided 32 Rhode Island Red fertilized eggs. I read the instructions thoroughly. The extension agent argued with me about placement of eggs - he insisted that the small pointy end should be up. Since he is 76 years old, I reluctantly followed his advice. The eggs were placed in the incubator about noon on February 28th, so they should have started pipping March 20th or 21st. I have carefully regulated the temperature at 99.5 F and kept the reservoirs full as per his instructions. When no sign of pipping occured on the 28th I thought all was lost (mainly because of egg placement and too high humidity as per info on Internet sites). But lo and behold, one little chick has pipped a 1/4th inch hole overnight. Here's the problem: we hear intermittent chirping, but the hole is only slightly larger 5 hours later, and the membrane is white - not clear. The BIG PROBLEM is that our school system is on a 4 day school week, so today (Thursday, March 22nd ) at 3:30 p.m. CST, we will leave for our usual 3 day weekend and not return until Monday, March 26th. I live 45 minutes away in southeast Texas. I am more than happy to take the incubator and eggs and "hatching chick" home, but how do I do that safely??? HELP, HELP HELP!!!