Around 9:00 pm on Thursday evening (4-9-09) I noticed one of the eggs in my incubator had pipped. This egg was set on March 21. I was worried because the chick was facing the wrong end of the egg. The shell had been chipped away but the membrane underneath was still sealed. Unsure if the chick would suffocate, I punctured the membrane myself and put the egg back. Since that time the chick has made the opening bigger and I can see his beak as well as his tiny movements from either his heartbeat or breathing. I read somewhere that a chick can drown if he pips at the small end of the egg. This is my first ever hatch and it would be great to know if anyone has found that to be the case. I know humidity is an extremely important factor at this stage. My gut feeling is to be concerned if the humidity is lower than 70%, but is the chick in danger if the humidity is too high? My hydrometer reeds 80% humidity at the moment. All comments from BYC members are incredibly appreciated. I've already received great help with finding a good store to shop for poultry supplies from members. I had 8 eggs at the beginning of this hatch and am down to two. I am worried about my second egg as it hasn't pipped at all yet. If I am only lucky enough to get one chick from this hatch, would it be a good idea to purchase a companion chick? Many stores are stocked up on chicks because of this being Easter season. I'm just not sure if chicks do well alone.