I have a chick piping about a half inch from the pointy end. I thought from the fluid that had dried around the pip that it had already drowned but when I pulled the chip off it was still alive but stuck. I tried to loosen the chick but it started bleeding so I stopped, that was this morning. Just a while ago I checked it again, pulled another little chip and more bleeding. I put some cornstarch on it and put it back into the hatcher. As a general rule, how long in hours before it absorbs all the blood in the membrane? If I am not mistaken it is the lower part of the membrane that is absorbed last? I have had to help more than a few out this year but not one piping this low, and most of them did not bleed or very little.