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So, I set 6 copper blue maran eggs on the 30th.   I have terrible hatching rates so, I'm hoping that I get a few chicks.  These eggs are from my only hen and she told me that she needed some help handling this rooster so I'm trying to accommodate. 
I started a mix the same day you did CraftyChicky.  Things were going along pretty good.  I candled last night and only 2 were culled.  The power went out for a few hours last night, but according to folks with lots more experience, they still had success even following a power outage.  so...I might have lost a day compared to you because of the outage.
So, I'm about a week into incubating a mix of eggs and wouldn't you know it, the power went out.  It was only off for about 4 hours, so I'm hopeful that things will work themselves out.  It was really reassuring to come here this morning and see all of the other war stories about power outage.  I was pretty surprised to see that much longer outage didn't wipe a hatch out.  I'm still new enough at incubating though to not need any additional challenges.
Sorry to hear about your flock rrrmamma.  It's funny how when it's not theirs, stuff has no value.  I hope you have a great hatch.  
So, I set a few eggs late yesterday.  I'm a relative newbie at this and haven't had the best success in the past.  I've decided to give the "dry" hatch a go and see if I can improve my hatch rate.  A few Ameraucana, some welsummers (I love the way these guys look), and a few marans.  Here's wishing us all good luck!
PM'd you about these....sorta....I needed more coffee for today!
Pm'd you!  and sent paypal out..  Thanks!
I with that I could answer your question, but, just to give you one more thing to thing about as you do this.  If you'll put your leftover produce down, cover it with dry leaves, you'll be making a compost pile.  The chickens will scratch through the leaves to get to the produce and constantly turn it for you.  Their droppings will further enrich the compost in the process.  I do this at my house and I end up reusing almost off of the organic materials at my house.  I...
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