Our little bantam Linda is a very broody girl. Recently she has sat on a large pile of eggs and has claimed it as her own. In the past when we’ve let our hens raise their chicks we tend to loose acouple..so this time we decided to make a large brooder big enough for our Linda and many chicks. We plan to keep them all here until we reintroduce them to the flock. ANYWAYS. Yesterday while checking the eggs. I typically lay them on a flat service and give a quick look for movement (It has seemed to work for me Always) well I turn my back for one second and this 18-20 day old egg rolls right off the table and cracks on the barn floor. I immediately checked for wetness (never having dealt with this before) there was no wet area. I panicked and quickly put it back under her with the rest. So today I go out and check, lure Linda off the nest and bam there it is with ALOT of membrane exposed. I don’t see any bleeding. I can see white feathers. There’s movement and chirping. She’s sitting gently and responding to the chirps. I have decided not to intervene..it is definitely hatching. It’s now been approx. 24 hours since the fall and crack...I can not see it’s beak. My questions are Do you think the exposed membrane is Linda assisting her chick in trauma mode? Like she’s picking away the shell? Also, there has been Progress, there’s movement and chirping. When should I help out? I have not wet the membrane. Linda seems to be doing what she needs too but how long is too long?! When should I hatch this chick myself? And if required any tips?