Hi, Sorry to be panicky, but this is my first time awaiting grandchickens. So many questions I just can't quite find the answers to. I have a hen sitting on 10 eggs, which unfortunately were laid over a span of about 7-10 days. First chick hatched 2 days ago. 1) If eggs have a pip or part of a zip, how long should it take for them to hatch? 2) If egg is peeping, and has the pip or part of a zip, does that make a difference? Sometimes they peep, sometimes they are quiet. They do respond when I talk to them ;-) (how cute is that!) 3) How long should I wait from pip or zip, to intervention? Will the hen help them? 4) The nest box is up high and the coop is cold (not for hens, but for chicks) so I need to steal them as soon as they hatch. How often should I be trekking out in the blizzard to the coop to check for babies? 5) This hen spends most of her time with a sort of outcast hen...these two get along well, and I get the feeling that the other hen is trying to help. When I put the babies back with mom, would it be safe to keep these two hens together, or would the other hen be a meanie to the babies? 6) Does anyone know of any resourceful ideas for dividing a coop and pen when you have babies? Thanks so much for your wisdom!!