We've started the final three days! The brooder box is ready, as is the styrofoam incubator we'll have standing by as a chick-dryer-outer if we need it.
eggs on the very bottom of the incubator are the current hatch. The
eggs on the upper shelves are the next hatch, staggered for two weeks
after this one.
concentric rings are where I marked the progress of the air cells
during incubation to make sure the eggs were on track. Usually I'd only
do it 3-4 times, but with the new incubator I wanted to be extra
cautious. The shot glass holds water to keep the humidity correct, and
the little thing on the right is a hygrometer. The upper shelves have
their own thermometer/hygrometer setup.
We've tested the cam and
everything is as ready as it's going to get! When I did the final
candling yesterday, I saw lively, squirmy chicks in all 15 of the eggs
except two--these two may be late quitters, or merely fashionably
late--I'm leaving them in the incubator to give them every chance. This
morning one of the eggs peeped at my husband when he spoke to them, and
wiggled energetically for me when I talked to them.