9 live chicks taken out of the incubator this morning for 15 total in brooder....SO cute and fuzzy, as they cheep and peep and figure out how to eat, drink and find the warm place!
Then the not so cute side, 1 dead chick in bator(open abdomen) and a bad pip(small end/side) that probably will not make it out alive....I *could* (and might) 'help' it, but that usually doesn't end well(but I did chip away a small portion around beak- the rest is up to it).
8 other eggs that won't likely hatch that I will break open to see if they were fertile at all (shells too dark to candle), or when they stopped growing, or why they didn't hatch. Yeah, not fun.
Then there's cleaning the incubator. Do you know how much gunk happens when chicks hatch....and how *bad* it smells at 100F and 80%? A retchingly not fun at all.
Just venting the hard parts to those who will understand.