...with no movement or sounds from the eggs yet. We're uncertain if all will hatch, some will, or none will. Candling the dark-shelled eggs is impossible, we can't see through the shells even using our brightest light. With the hatch due Monday morning, seeing the eggs rocking and hearing the chicks inside peeping tomorrow will be our only clue as to if we have any viable eggs or not.
Chickam is pointed at the nest
boxes out in the coop for now, and will stay there until we have
movement and peeping from the eggs. So if you see the eggs on camera,
it means the hatch is a 'go'. The thermostat on the incubator proved
VERY unreliable this time around, fluctuating wildly between 102 and 98
degrees...with the optimum temp of 99.5 degrees being very hard to
maintain. Even with checking it often, we can't be sure if hours passed
during the day when we were gone, or night while we were sleeping with
the temp at a chick-killing too high or too low.
At any rate, the
eggs will remain in the incubator until Thursday the 26th, in order to
catch any late bloomers. If none hatch, we'll try again. J. says he
wants to take the old incubator and try to install a better, more
reliable thermostat in it so we'll try with that one.
Keep your fingers crossed!