I also thank you so much for this thread! I had my first eggs in an incubator this week - humidity was too low - had a chick that pipped, but 24 hrs later was not making any progress and sounded weaker. I followed your advice and the chick is just fine. The membrane inside the shell was definitely dry and pretty tough. Wetting it as you described certainly helped to soften it up. There was one more egg in the incubator - I was able to get the humidity up by laying a paper towel in the bottom that wicked water up and increased the humidity. The last chick hatched with no problem on its own. Thanks so much for posting your advice! I learned a lot and was able to rescue the chick that I'm sure was having trouble because of my failure to keep the humidity higher at hatch time.