Okay, I am hatching chicks for the first time. I got a nice incubator and put 18 eggs in there, I was very careful and have done exactly what I supposed to be doing based on all of the research I have done. Yesterday was day 21 and at about 7:00 p.m. I had my first little egg hatch... not a single one in 22 hours since then hatched. A couple of hours ago one started "pipping" (is that what it is called?) Pecking its beak through the egg, I was very excited. Anyway, I have a few questions. I don't know anybody that has hatched chickens before, so I feel like there is nobody to ask, so I decided to sign up. I was so stressed last night that only one little chick would hatch and not have any friends that I woke up every 2 hours just to check on them. I have seen a few other eggs moving back and forth, so that gives me some hope. So here are my questions: 1. Is it possible that other eggs will still hatch healthy chicks? If it isn't going to happen, I would rather not still have hope. 2. Should I continue to leave the other chick in there that hatched 24 hours ago? When should I take it out? 3. I know this sounds dumb, but I don't put food and water in the incubator for the chicks that hatched right? I really don't think I do, but I thought I might as well ask. 4. Does it take a while for the chicks to get through the egg after they make the first hole? It seems like it has been a few hours and there has been no progress from my second chick hatching since it made the little whole. It is still moving though. 5. Do I need to be worried about the healthy chick running around and moving the eggs and pecking at them? I am constantly staring at the incubator just hoping some will still hatch. I know that expecting 18 out of 18 to hatch would have been unrealistic, but only 1 seemed a little odd? Please give me any advice, this is all I can think about. I almost cried all night thinking that my little chicky won't have a friend. I would go buy some chicks to keep it company if I have to though. Thanks in advance!!!!!