Hello well I will just explain the situation first. This is my first ever hatch. I am using a Janoel 12 egg incubator which is supposed to be "fully automatic", though in reality there is NO humidity control and I have been fighting against temperature fluctuations and the thing overheating throughout the incubation of this clutch of eggs, so I guess therein lies my first major problem. There were 8 fertile eggs in there, 4 of them I added 3 days after the first 4, so the hatch will be drawn out over a few days (possibly the second problem). I have been candling up until lockdown which was day 19 for the oldest 4 and day 16 for the youngest 4, the embryos were all a good size for their age. The instructions for the Janoel said to add 100ml of water to the incubator every 2 days, so I have continued to do that throughout lockdown (through the hole at the top of the incubator, via a straw and syringe, so I wouldnt have to open the top). On Friday at midday (day 21 for the oldest 4 eggs) one of the eggs started to pip. The beak pushed through then it withdrew back into the egg, then nothing else happened. I read that it can take from 30 minutes up to 3 days for a chick to hatch from pipping, so I just left it until this morning (sunday -day 23). However, none of the other eggs started to pip, and I became worried that there was no further activity at all in this pipped egg. I decided to investigate and took this one pipped egg out just now. The chick was dead in the shell, in the same position that it was when it first pipped. I opened up the shell, the membrane was moist, the yolk had not been absorbed, and there were what looked like a small amount of white urates that had been passed (though I am not sure if this was some other material, having never experienced a hatch before). I have photos if anyone needs to have a look. I am so disappointed as this was one of only 2 indian game eggs I had in this clutch, and I cannot get hold of any more. The rest of the eggs are silkie crosses from my flock. I don't know what to do to save the rest of the hatch. There are so many variables and it doesn't help that I have a slightly staggered clutch. I would be really grateful of any advice at all. I know I must have been doing something right to get 8 live embryos up to lockdown and to get one to live up until pipping. If I had done anything differently would my indian game chick have survived? It appears that the chick must have died just after pipping, when the activity stopped. Could it be that this chick was just too weak to get through the hatch, and the others are just late to pip? Please help!