Okay so I'm feeling really frustrated right now. I had 4 fertile eggs a hen was laying on. I know it's not a huge loss but really frustrating since this is my first experience hatching eggs. Way to go mother nature. So first. A chick started to pip on Friday(23rd?) and a full 24 hours had gone(Saturday 24) and no progress at all had happens, just one spot where the chick first pipped but there was no other progress. I waited a couple more hours. It wasn't that I was impatient but I was worried, so I read online a little and decided to help it. I gently peeled the eggshell off, at some point it started to bleed a tiny bit and I got really freaked out so I stopped. A few minutes later I decided to try again. Well got the chick out but it died a couple hours later. Reading online I then figured out that the membrane shouldn't bleed. Was I wrong or would the chick have died anyway? On Monday I left for a trip. Pet sitter said the next day that one of the chicks hatched. So I come back from my trip yesterday(31st) and one chick had hatched. One egg was mysteriously gone. Very disappointed but we are having a huge rat problem(guilty, we've left feed out and they can get into the runs) and I blame the missing egg on thAt. Another egg simply did not hatch and I cracked it open and it looked like it had stopped developing at around day 18. The chick that did survive seemed healthy. She was running around with her mom in the run with another hen and a roo(seramas) and they all were gentle with her and didn't attack her when she came to eat with them. I was worried about rats getting her and so I moved her to a plastic bin and put a heat lamp over it. Mom didnt get upset which is weird since she was taking care of the chick. This exact same set up worked with my last batch of chicks I got in the mail. They are all alive and I moved to a bigger cage. This chick was in there over night, seemed fine. Checked on her this morning and she was sleeping under the lamp, seemed happy. Realized she had a bit of a poopy butt so I cleaned her up. After that I left to go do some errands for a few hours and come back and she's just dead. Sprawled out on her side. What do you guys think happened? Anything I can do in the future? In have another serama hen on eggs due in about a week. They are frizzle blue polish and golden lace serama cross. My chicks that died were full serama(black) Thanks so much for whatever info you can give me!! I really want to get my future batches right!!