Hey all, so I bought a bunch of eggs to put in my incubator two weeks ago, put them in on 3/13, today is 3/26 and I woke up this morning to hear peeps coming from the incubator. One of the eggs last night had a shell chip but the membrane was intact, and I thought well that's weird but put a piece of electrical tape over it and went to sleep. My husband woke me up saying "I think your eggs are peeping" and I was like "lolok Beardy I doubt it" (we have chicks on the porch in a brooder, figured that's what he was hearing) and went back to sleep. Imagine my surprise when I walked out into my living room to find my husband was correct, there was a peep coming from the incubator. My heart dropped to China. The egg with the crack wasn't a crack at all, but the chick attempting to pip. I flew into action, contacted my chicken consultant guy, he told me to remove the tape, moisten the membrane with a qtip, turn up the humidity, turn off the auto turner, and lock it down until she has hatched. She has already broken thru the membrane and is LOUDLY peeping. Looking back, I kept candling these lavender orpington eggs and they looked highly developed really early on, but I kept thinking well, maybe the shell is just super dark. Now thinking about it, I think the very nice but very country lady I got them from probably just had a few eggs beneath her hen and just scooped them up to give to me. I imagine the hen was setting the eggs already, and they were in the incubator within an hour, so they probably just continued to develop. Has literally anyone ever had this happen and if so are there any tips you can give me for what is now likely becoming a very stacked hatch? This is the very first time I have used an incubator for hatching and I'm a type A planner so this is a little bit stressful because I don't want to ruin the entire hatch. I know you typically do not assist a bird in hatching, but when you have a situation like this should I be prepared to help in case the membrane dried out too much? Any help is super appreciated!