I have read on here numerous times that it is not good to open the hatcher until the hatch is complete, for risk of losing the rest of the hatch. First off, I will say that I rarely, if ever, help a chick hatch. In my experience, most chicks that I have helped have died anyway, so what's the point? Anyway, everyone says to keep the hatcher closed until the hatch is over, but if you are hatching quail you can't do that? I always have to take babies out during the hatch since they can't stay in as long as chicks can. Also, I have 2 broodies on eggs right now. They both have had 'community' nests, so their eggs are hatching every day or every other day, and I just keep taking chicks from them. One of them was off the nest this morning, so I checked her eggs. One of them was pipped, and there have been times when the hens have left the nest to eat with a chick almost completely out of the shell, and the chicks hatch just fine. This particular hen has hatched 2 chicks so far, and she has left the nest with pips both times, so I feel certain that this chick will also hatch just fine. So what gives? If it is not good to open the incubator while the eggs are hatching, why do the hens leave the nest when the chicks are pipping?