I am new to hatching eggs. We've had chickens for awhile, day old peeps,even, but never tried hatching eggs, until now. Three weeks ago, a racoon killed my beautiful SLW rooster. He was mild tempered and beautiful and my kids were soooo upset. So, we gathered up the eggs from the hens that were out with him and brought them in. I sent my DH to TSC for an incubator - and here I am, 3 weeks later with 5 fertile eggs. I tried searching this site for info on the actual hatch and I read a lot of posts. One post said it could take up to 24 hours for the eggs to hatch after the first pip. Is that true? I found one pipped this morning and it's been over 3 hours since I found it. Just a small pip, no more of the shell has been cracked than when I found it. It still shakes & I hear an occasional peep, but I want it to hatch so badly. We miss our rooster and would love to have one of "his" chicks. I don't want to interfere with hatching. What's normal to expect in regard to time frame for a single egg?