I had a little baby who was struggling to get herself out of her egg. My dad ( a renouned, retired, quail breeder) told me to help her out. She was to big/ to weak to get out of her egg. I got her out and she is currently crawling around in the 'bator. I'm not one for gory stuff like that but i cut the membrain, and chipped away the shell and help her free her legs and head. It was an amazing think to see her pop out.