Okay, so my husband and I are pretty new to this. We hatched out one batch of chicks 3 weeks ago and have begun hatching out our second batch. The first batch we lost 2 that pipped, but then stopped. So far, this batch, we lost 1. Fully formed little sex linked hen. It makes us SICK when this happens. About 13 hatched quickly and were running amuck in the incubator and apparently, there is a problem with our fan in the incubator, since one chick that we've named Geronimo was almost scalped when he stood up!!! We put some antibiotic ointment on him and he's doing fine, but that made us want to get them out as they dried. So, is that making it hard for the OTHER chicks still in eggs to hatch out? How do you know when to assist and when NOT to assist. The temp and humidity are at the same place they were for the other chicks that hatched yesterday, but there is just one little pip in one egg and NOTHING in the other eggs. Just now we wetted down one of my Ameraucana chicks that had quit working after being pipped for a whole day and making a little head way...but was drying out like crazy. I assisted this one and gave him a bit of nutradrench via syringe and he's doing fine but the other little red star chick didn't make it. We were too late. I hate to loose anymore!!!! Thanks for any advice you can give!