So egg number four is cheeping in the shell. This morning there was the start of a pip, but only the shell is cracked and not the membrane. It has been that way since this morning. Today is day 22. The egg is under a broody silkie (not in an incubator so don't fuss at me for opening the bator ) The first three eggs hatched out yesterday and are going strong. The other three eggs are heavy, but silent. A) What do I do with the cheeping egg? Does it need help or do I leave it alone? Arggggg!!! This is making me neurotic. Little egg has been cheeping all day! B) How long should I leave the others under her before making her give up? As long as she has eggs she will likely be determined to keep sitting. Unfortunately, she's not doing mama hen things with the others and she's not eating or drinking herself. I've been tempting her with scrambled egg and stuff, and while she will eat a tiny bit, she quickly loses interest and hunkers back down on the eggs. I'm assuming it's too late to candle. How do I tell if there are slow poke chicks in there or if the eggs are no viable? Shorty the silkie is still determinedly shoving them around under her. Help please, hatching gurus!