I had five chicks hatch a week ago. There were three others that developed full term. When candling I saw no movement, no internal pipping, and no peeping. On day 22, I cracked open the air cell end of the egg and all three were dead in the shell, and had not even pipped internally. All three were mal-positioned slightly. (Two had their heads over their wing, one was a bit worse I think, it's head was in the same place as the other two, but one hock was also at the top of the egg.) These were shipped eggs, and almost all of them had saddle shaped air cells. I have another set of eggs of the same breed, from the same breeder. These eggs were not terribly cheap, so I would really like to minimize losses. The new eggs that are developing seem to have better air cells for the most part, except for a couple. Does anyone have any advice for how to avoid these same issues, or how to help the ones that have problems? The humidity during the hatch was around 60-65%, but I still found that I had to help one slightly that had zipped almost all of the way around and got stuck. (That chick is doing great now.) Could the three chicks that died in the shell have been shrink wrapped even though they hadn't even pipped internally? I didn't think their internal membrane seemed too dry when I opened the eggs. What confuses me the most is, after reading the article on this site about assisting chicks it sounds like there wasn't much that should have killed them by the start of the 22nd day. What could they have actually died from? They seemed perfectly formed, and they couldn't have suffocated without pipping internally, correct? What am I missing? I'm sure it is something obvious... Thank you for any help.