For some reason one of my red golden hens has started laying. All of the literature I've read indicates they aren't supposed to lay until April. I have candled them and so far all of them are fertile. Question #1: Hatch times for these birds are 22-23 days. Is that from the date the egg was laid or when the egg goes into the incubator. Granted, I'm not experienced with red goldens (or any birds for that matter) but I'm trying to hatch these eggs. Have I messed up by putting the eggs in the incubator on the day the egg is laid? I have written on the egg the date it was laid. Question #2: I have had one egg hatch but it pipped toward the wrong end of the egg. I believe that it was caused by my placing the egg in another incubator too early. I took it out wanting to follow some hatching instructions I found online that said to take the egg out of the automatic turner 3 days before hatching so the chick can orient itself for hatching. Apparently my date calculations were wrong because this particular egg hatched 4 days after I placed it into the 2nd incubator. The chick took about 30 hours to get out of the shell, and is still getting its "land legs". How long should the chick remain in the incubator before being transferred to the brooder? I read that 24-48 hours are sufficient, provided the chick is dry. Also, when should it be fed/watered? Any chance some sugar water will help? It looks rather weak, but it has a fairly strong peep. I want to give every chick the best chance for life that I can provide, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.