This is so beyond exciting. My husband who accepted my 40 chickens as my new babies and new pets now thinks I've gone totally insane over an egg. We're done with having kids so this is the next best thing. I have been watching and caring for the mommy hen who insists on sitting on eggs. I was on vacation when she claimed two so I candled them when we got back and they were good so I let her keep them. The date has always been an issue but today.....a pip. I know it still can take along time but I hope it goes quick. We have not had rain in over a month and my plan was to keep the other chickens outside but it's pouring and they really dont care to be out there. So I'm going to have to constantly check. I have another one that will be a few days behind. Wouldnt you know it the other hen laid and now she is on that. I cant wait for progress so I can take pictures. I just dont want to disturb the mom! ** I got busy during the day so I stopped my hourly check. I went out there at 9:00 and mommy was facing the back of the nest box so I knew something was up. I moved her a little and out came the shell. I about died because I couldnt hear any peeping then out came baby and it looked like one you would buy at the store. It's tiny it's a d'uccle and has long fur. Will post pics soon. I have to send them from my phone to home address and there is usually a day delay. I got an awesome pic of the baby and mommy posing together. This is so exciting!