Well, It would seem that tragedy has struck my olive and blue eggs. Original set was three olive and three blue eggs. I candled Tuesday night. Couldn't see anything but solid shadow in the olive eggs. So, they went in the hatcher. One of the blue eggs was a late quitter. (Underdeveloped with slight veining) It was tossed earlier today when candled again and no veins were present. Two of the blue eggs were right on schedule. So, they went in the hatcher.
So far so good, right? 5/6 eggs still in progress. That is what I thought, but it was no to last.
Hatching seems to take forever, and we went to visit family for 1.5 days; all day Thursday and part of Friday. Just got back this afternoon to a devastating scene. Well, the cats have struck back against the baby chicken invasion. The hatcher was knocked to the ground and the light (heat source) was broken. One of the olive eggs was smashed open (membrane still intact). All the eggs were cold and the hatcher temp down to 74*F. I don't know how long they spent in the cold, but I candled and noticed active chicks in the blue eggs and the smashed olive egg has a noticeably active chick still kicking. Can't see anything in the two remaining olive eggs, just too dark. The eggs were slipped back into the main incubator along the side that doesn't have a turning tray, until the hatcher can be fixed. I am hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
It may be a complete loss for this hatch(still waiting to see if any will survive), but the chickens have countered this devastation by being exceptionally productive over the past two days. I collected 22 eggs from the girls(15 layers) this afternoon. One was tossed because of a bad chip/crack in the side. Of the 21 good eggs 15 were selected for hatching (due to hatch Dec. 18).