I have made external pip holes for my silkie chicks because I keep losing babies at the end and just figured out because I am at high altitude, they don't get enough air in lockdown! I made holes in the top of the shells because I don't want to lose these babies. My question is this: If my baby is pushing up and down with his/her beak, trying to break through the internal membrane, should I pierce it and help, or leave it for the baby to keep trying? I had to oil the membranes because they were white, but they are soft again now and veins are still full. I know until they take their first breath, that circulation is critical, but can I make an opening where the chick's beak is, where it will not hit a vein? It would be safe to make a pinprick hole to help the chick. I seem to remember somewhere, though, that if the internal membrane opens, that stimulates the chick to hatch out too soon? Has anyone helped an internal pip and been okay? I am drowning in all my possible scenarios here! Thoughts?