I think we have our first sign of hatching. I just went out to check on Gussie and I lifted her up a bit to look underneath (and to pull out the egg that Ms Rosie kindly deposited today) and one of the eggs has a little chip out of the shell that looks like it may have been popped off from the inside. Is it bad if I keep going out and lifting Gussie up and having a look throughout the day? Oh, the excitement. Should I leave food and water in the private suite (travel kennel in the chicken house) and the door closed or leave food and water in it, but leave the door open? Should I leave the straw in there, or should I replace it with the sawdust pellets (dampened to break it down into sawdust) like I have in the rest of the coop? I know these have probably all been asked before, but I am a little stressed out over the whole thing. Feller leaves for his 6 month Post Doc position in Ohio on Monday, he leaves for a friends weekend wedding this afternoon (not to return until Sunday) and I just don't have the time or the energy to troll through all the posts for my answers.