How long should it take for a chick to break out of it's egg shell. one of my chicks just started to break a hole through its shell. So far it has been about 5hrs. should i help it? (I would not think so) will the chick suffocate ? I can hear the chick peep from time to time. so the question how long should i wait for the chick to break out? if X amount of hours pass should I help it out of it's shell? I am very excited hatching my first chick. Luckeydog .