My Serama hen presented me with a total of 7 eggs, laid 2 days apart. I put them into the incubator on the day they were laid (I have a staggered hatch going on with some Cochin eggs anyway, so the timing hardly mattered). Eggs 1 - 4 pipped on their respective day 19's, though they didn't actually hatch until day 20. Two of them pipped at the small end of the egg, and I helped them out of the shell (I don't know if they might have made it out on their own, I just didn't want to risk losing my first-ever Serama babies!) All 4 are doing great. Egg #5 didn't pip on schedule, though I saw it move when I candled it. Since the 'bator was running a little cool, I thought perhaps the egg might be developing a bit slower. When egg #6 pipped on its day 19, I checked egg #5 (day 21) by cracking it open on the large end in the air cell. The chick was still alive, though it was backward in the egg and had grown to the point that it was tightly wedged in the shell. The membranes bled slightly when I touched them, so I wrapped it up in a moist paper towel and left it alone. When I checked it a few hours later, the chick had died. I know how some people feel about opening the 'bator when the hatch is in progress, but the other chicks have not been shrink-wrapped. I don't know why I have had so many chicks coming out of the wrong end of the egg, but most of them have at least managed to pip the egg on time. Does anybody have any ideas as to what may have gone wrong with this chick?