The question we all keep asking each other! 4 of my 7 Silkie eggs made it to lockdown .... And on the evening of the 9th, I was blessed with 3 adorable little chicks all within a few hours of eachother. The next morning I removed my crazy active little fuzzy butts to the brooder... fast as I could and took the opportunty to add a lttle more water to the bator and set the lone egg back in the middle after being rolled around all over the place. I read someone here say it's not really such a bad thing when that happens, and might stimulate them to hatch, so I wasn't too worried about it. Well, ever since I took my fluffy butts out almost 2 days ago (and they're no longer having noisy parties in there ) I've been hearing the unmistakable tap-taping from the lone egg. But it hasn't pipped yet. I go over there and do my hen cluck clucking at the baby and it chirps at me, then tap-tap-tap... but after 2 full days, no progress. This egg is a little bigger than the others, so I was wondering if that is the reason it is taking so long? To make matters not so enjoyable now, some darn ANTS have foung their way into the bator through the holes... nevermind that its in my bedroom and no ants before ths. They are all going after the little bits of eggshell that dropped through to the water resevoir ( some parts filled, others dry) ... and every now and then 1 or 2 will crawl across my egg Get OFF!! I keep smushing them when I catch them outside the bator but it just seems to attract more.. and can't spray anythng because my brooder and my puppy are in this room with me. Oops sorry, kinda ranted about that.. Then theres baby chick poo all over the bator and I want to clean it up! The worst part is.... I put my thermometer on top of the eggs as was advised here... and unsurprisingly, the first hatch knocked it off onto the floor... now with one egg theres nothing to rest it on... so I can only read the floor temperature.. and Im scared its either getting too hot or cold for my baby in there. I just want my baby to come out already so I can save it from the bator of ewwww! I keep telling myself "Just be patient" ... but the other part of my brain says "Just a little peice of shell, if I remove just a tiny peice, the chick will have something to work with"