Hello! Very excited to be a part of this great forum! I'm a newbie to the incubator thing. I grew up on a "hobby farm" and we just let the chickens do their thing when it came to hatching chicks. We just moved to the country this summer and got chickens in the fall. They weren't laying because of the time of the year... but we went through a cold spell so I got a lamp to keep them warm. Couldn't find a dark bulb - so used an incandescent... and oops - the hens started laying. The kids were so excited, that we let them put some in an old incubator that someone had given us a while back. So we are at day 22. One chick has come out very nicely and looks great. The other pipped at the same time yesterday early morning, but is struggling. It's been 24 hours, and I've read the threads about not intervening unless absolutely necessary... so when is it absolutely necessary? (these are the only 2 eggs that candled properly). The incubator had gotten down to 40% humidity - so I added some water and it spiked to 80%... I'm afraid to open it and don't have a fancy long nosed syringe to get the water out. Any advice is greatly appreciated!