Hey guys I have been gone forever and finally I am back here . I had a multitude of family problems last fall and we had to cut the internet but now we have moved to South Carolina and I am back on with all of you. So here is my question - I have never hatched before , I am a first time hatch a holic in the making . I have a Hova 1602 bator that has been extremely dependable with heat at 100 for 19 days and the humidity at 50 also. I have 7 EE eggs in there now at day 19 . I boosted the humidity to 70 yesterday and it has been pretty consistant perhaps dipping to 67 or 68 a couple times but then goes back up , so is this about where it should be now ? Here is the big question now --- i have one egg that pipped about 3 hours ago but has done nothing else no hole in the shell just a small pip so far. It was peeping alot a little while ago but now is pretty silent and I am worried , how long should or does it take before it makes any progress? And if I do not hear any more peeping should I assume the worst ? One more question the bator is in my walk in closet in the bedroom and I have had the light on most of the day so should I leave it on all night for the pip or if I turn it off will it stop any progress or can they hatch in the dark ? Yep that's right I am a newbie and have lots of dumb questions so please be gentle when you answer ! Thanks for all your help ! Trudy Okay an update for everyone. Out of 7 eggs and a first hatch i got 6 beautiful chicks . They are all eating and peeping and raising a ruckus in the brooder ! I was very lucky as this was my very first hatch in a brand new bator . I can not wait to do it again either and I am so hooked on this hatching thing !