I set some eggs July 12th around 4pm in my Brinsea Mini Advance so I figured they would all be due about August 1st or 2nd, this past Friday and Saturday. Based on candling shortly before lockdown I was expecting about 5 chicks. Well, late Friday night some of them pipped and by the end of Saturday I had two successful hatches and two pips leaving just one egg that hadn't shown any activity. Then another hatched Saturday night and the next hatched late Sunday Morning. After four successful hatches I candled the last egg again to see if the chick had broken through to the air cell. I couldn't see a beak in the air cell and I couldn't detect any movement. Thinking that perhaps it was a late in shell death I made a hole in the shell so I could see into the air cell. To my surprise, there was definitely a live chick but the beak still hadn't broken into the air cell. Not wanting to shrink wrap the chick, I loosely taped a piece of shell over the hole leaving only a very small opening and put the egg back in the incubator. Late Sunday night I checked the air cell again but the chick still hadn't broken into it. I'm very confused at this point because both times I looked in the air cell it appears as though the chick is breathing and I could hear a small chirp. How could it breath or chirp if its beak isn't in the air cell!? I checked the air cell again this morning and it appears to still be breathing but still no pips. The only thing I can think is that maybe the chick is backwards. One of the other chicks actually hatched backwards and the air cell was never broken into. At this point I figure if the chick doesn't hatch or pip by the end of the day I'm going to see if I can assist it but I would like your thoughts and opinions... UPDATE: So last night I removed most of the shell covering the air cell and I dipped my finger in clean water and felt around for the beak. As the membrane was moistened I could see that there were quite a number of active veins. I could not find the beak or the head! This really has me worried. It's still breathing but it seems awfully fast between 12 or 13 breaths per 10 seconds. I don't understand how this chick is breathing at all with no active air source. I know it is not backwards because I'm almost certain I could recognize hocks and a yolk sack but I can't recognize what I DO see. Also, I did not hear any peeps this time. I checked on it again this morning; still breathing fast, still no pips anywhere. I really think it is malpositioned somehow but with all those veins I can't see helping it without killing it! FYI:The egg is one of those eggs that's hard to tell what is the skinny end and what end is the fat end. What do I do people!?