Candled our hatch a day early BC DH2B won't be here tomorrow to do it. It seems like we have:
Three early quitters(only one of which spent any time by the turner motor oddly enough- I have been swapping those eggs out every time I turn the eggs that aren't in the turner)
6 iffy eggs(including two shipped MPC eggs and one probable clear from our own flock)- all of these will be given a couple more days and rechecked to be sure. Some of the problems are from us not being able to see inside some of the eggs very well.
Oddly enough although our own EE eggs are hard to candle BC of their color(some being bright clear blue when candled) I think our hardest eggs to candle are the slw eggs, for what reason I'm not sure as they are a nice light brown.
So far we are down to 53 eggs in the hatch-a-long. We also candled our first silkie we set, Lovey, she's the one I've been thinking ditzy and that she may not do well. She is only on day 5 to our 6 and of her four eggs at least three have great development. One may or may not as it is a rather dark Isa Brown egg and the coop light was on still so we couldn't tell. I'm thrilled and can't wait to candle our second silkie's eggs on Monday(day 7) we also have another silkie that has gone broody, my favorite silkie Ginger, if she continues being broody tomorrow we will set the 5 oegb eggs found in the nest in the garage under her. Along with probably one other small egg as the oegb eggs are TINY and probably first pullet eggs so may not hatch and I want to be sure Ginger gets to be a Mommy. I'm super excited!!! Can't wait these are my first broody's and I'm thrilled with the numbers we've got going including fertility. Hope they keep going.
I got some pics too. Sorry about quality. Here's one for now.
Of course Ginger won't count for the hatch-a-long numbers but I thought everyone might like to hear and see anyway. I'm wondering if the three will co-mother the chicks as I've heard some broodies do. Which would be cool. Lovey is a very mellow broody barely fluffs or grumbles. Mary Anne pecks me but not terribly although sometimes it smarts, she goes to town on the other birds though, and Ginger so far barely fluffs too unless I mess with her. It probably helps than Ginger is my baby girl and very special to me. The smallest and boldest of our 6 silkies Ginger climbed a 3 foot snow drift and walked across 50 feet or so of "frozen tundra", that was part of our driveway at the time, for most of January and February to try to follow me to the house and just anytime she saw me. Leaving me on days it was nice enough to let them out having to often run back to the house to try to keep her from following me for fear she'd get cold. It never worked, not once, lol.