I am a first-time "hatcher." We currently own 3 mature hens, and thought it would be fun to show our children the entire process, so ordered 3 fertilized eggs online and borrowed a friend's incubator. Well.... on day 20 we "candled" the eggs, and it seemed that 2 had chicks. On day 21 (yesterday) both were peeping like mad, and we were very excited about welcoming 2 new chicks. My friend strongly advised me against "helping" the chicks once hatching started, but did say that after a number of hours beyond the first hole, it was okay to gently put a small crack around the hole to get things going. Well, now it is approx. 10 hours later, and I have one happy newly hatched chick, but I think the other one has expired. The egg is silent, and it was actually stuck/dried to the bottom of the incubator. I am fearful that I somehow interfered with the hatching process, as it was chirping and hatching yesterday. My question is, is my sole chick going to be okay without any company? I have put a small stuffed animal in the brooder with him/her that he/she is snuggling up with...I just feel so sad for what I might have done!