So.... We've had egg layers for 3 or 4 years now.... we've done a couple rounds of raising broilers.... we figured we'd start trying to hatch our own chicks. I'm guessing I went into this with less preparation and knowledge than 99% of people -- but as of about 15 minutes ago things worked out. I grabbed 7 or 8 eggs one morning a few weeks ago and put them into an incubator my uncle had given me a while ago. After about a week I remebered someone had told me there is supposed to be water/humidity in the incubator.... so I poured a bunch of water in the bottom (not realizing there were drain holes and ruined our dining room table finish). Yesterday, a couple friends were over who were also talking about beginning to hatch chicks, and one of them asked me how long it took to do. I said I wasn't sure but I think it takes about 9 weeks. She said "oh, I thought it was a lot less than that.". Fortunately, that made me think I should research this... After reading that it's actually 21 days.... I thought...."that's got to be any time now" (having no real idea of when we started them). I continued to read about humidity levels, cleaning of eggs, weighing to monitor egg weight loss, days of candling, not to rotate after day 18, etc.... to the point I went and told my wife I had really screwed this up and there was no way these chix could possibly hatch. I felt pretty guilty. With the hope of a great fluke still possible, we moved the incubator onto our kitchen counter so we could keep a better eye on it. That was yesterday...this morning my wife noticed what we now know is called a "pip". Then not much... I moved the eggs to a hatching incubator. That was 6 or 7 hours ago. Then...we heard peep noises... 20 minutes ago, chick #1 just popped out and seems lively and strong! It looks like #2 is getting close, and we've just noticed a third pip. I still feel guilty for being so unprepared... but we're super happy to have our first hatchlings! I'm going to get a WHOLE lot better at this quickly.... Thanks to all on BYC who have made all this info available for me to procrastinate learning!!