...is on! I gave the eggs in the incubator their final turn last night, topped off the water, culled the undeveloped eggs and shifted the remaining 12 eggs to one incubator--the one with the forced air fan. All of the eggs are dark green and too dark to candle except two--a light shelled egg and a light brown egg, both with definitely a chick inside.
Meanwhile, the 5 remaining eggs out under the hens are
too dark to candle--except one, which looks to have a chick inside but
is also horribly cracked. I chose to leave it be under the hens to give
it a chance. Two eggs are under Moet, a buff Frizzle Cochin who has
raised chicks before and three are under Bear, our Easter Egger Head
Hen. Moet got the cracked one since she is smaller, lighter and more
gentle than Bear. When hatch day comes, we'll either put all of the
eggs under one hen or leave them be with Moet & Bear--but the
mama(s) & eggs will be transferred to a brooder box in the house for
the hatching. I'm hoping the hen's eggs hatch, as Moet REALLY
screeched at me and pecked me HARD (which she never does) when I checked
under her tonight. Hopefully that's a good sign that she knows they
If any of the incubator eggs hatch, they will be
added to the mama hen's chicks, since hens can't count. The way to do
it safely is to slip them under her at night, while removing the
unhatched eggs at the same time.
Hatch day is in two days, on
Sunday. By tomorrow afternoon we should be seeing eggs rock and hearing
chicks peep if anything is going to happen. When that occurs, the
webcam will start!