I've decided to hatch out some pekin ducklings. My first batch is due the 29th (yesterday) and although I'm a patient person and fully aware they take a few days extra on occasion. I did have a mishap. I've moved the eggs so that they hatch in a brooder. I have several batches in an incubator and needed to move the eggs out because the others still need turning. Unfortunately the other day the lamp I have in the brooder busted out and the large glass pieces fell ontop of the eggs, cracking them. One egg especially took the most damage, and although it looked really bad, I left it alone because I did not see any blood or membrane fluid leak out. So I hoped that the membrane was still in tact. All of a sudden my eggs went quiet. No movement and such. I've of course been super worried and pretty much had given up hope. Except a few hours ago I heard chirping coming from the most damaged egg (we've already decided to call it nemo if it survives because the situation is very much like the disney movie). Now, I've decided to help out some because, though I heard chriping, the membrane (being exposed) has dried a significant amount (and tanned some) and the duckling seemed to have trouble even getting into the air cell. I'm all for letting them do it in their own time don't get me wrong, but my danger senses were tingling. I felt that if I could at least be sure it was getting a bit of oxygen I would feel a ton better. So I opened up the air cell where candling showed his beak. It took a moment to find it because he had broken the membrane but not so much that his beak could come all the way up into the air cell. I noticed the egg shell was pretty tough to break even for me. So I added another humidifier in there. I think the egg is drying out so fast because of the damage the lamp caused. The membrane is so exposed that it's drying out faster than I can keep it damp. So my question is do you think I should assist the duckling further?