I have an 11 year old Greenpeace-save-the-whales-and polar-bears-tree-hugging-environmentalist son. He is having a little trouble with the idea of possibly NOT helping the chicks having trouble out of the shell. We have 18 eggs in lockdown right now, our first hatch, and I would like him to have a good idea of what might happen if we help them out (should they get stuck) and why we should or shouldn't help them. H's read the thread that was a sticky post and it just confused him more. So, WHEN should one help a chick and when should one stand back I'm personally inclined to let nature take its course, but then, I've not hatched before and I find myself feeling a little differently when it comes down to it. Also, exactly HOW does one help a chick out without doing further damage?? Thanks so much for your patience with questions that have likely been asked a billion times before!