I have never been around hatching chicks. Our rooster was killed by a dog 21 days ago, so we decided to let the broody hen sit on the eggs to see if we could hatch any while we still had a chance. Yesterday we found one dead chick with its head out of the egg but it was squashed. Today my husband heard cheeping from inside another egg. He decided to help it out and poked the egg and the membrane a bit, I happened to call home right then by chance, and told him to stop! Not good I think! It is still cheeping hours later...I am afraid it will suffocate. I am going up to check on it now, then will check this forum for answers. It is under the hen. I last checked on it 2 hours ago. Is it normal to cheep while inside?? Cool! I really hope it lives. It may be our only one.