Did my day 14 candling last night, and overall am feeling more and more optimistic that Katie will get her Silkies! Eggs are so dark I can't really make out any detail in them anymore, and most of the dancing inside the eggs has stopped - although if I held an egg perfectly still and waited a couple of seconds I could see subtle shifts in the shadowing on the inside at times.
Air cells are always going to be my nemesis I think. First eggs I tried to hatch I had every variety of bad air cells you can name. And they all had one thing in common....they were large. Large and floating, large and loose, large and saddled......and some had more than one issue. We only managed to get 3 chicks out of 39 eggs. Not so good! This time around there were eggs shipped from @RubyNala97 that were so fresh the air cells were invisible - couldn't even see them! The air cells in those we could see were small. Out of 16 eggs, 4 had air cells (on day 7 candling) that were loose on one side, just a very small area, so I put them in carton compartments and within a few days they were firmed back up - the only way to tell which ones they were was by the dotted line where they were loose. Someone, (and I wish I could remember who to give proper credit) suggested that when tracing the air cells, make the line solid where the cell was solid and dotted where it was loose).
I kept my humidity at the 40-45% recommended by @RubyNala97. Amy also incubates her Silkie eggs a little higher as well. When I candled last night the cells still look kinda small to me....but are they really or am I just used to seeing huge cells because of my first shipped eggs? I dunno. I do see changes in the lines, so maybe I'll just keep a sharp eye on them and reduce the humidity a bit, to between 35 and 40%.
Note: Candling has been invaluable to me. Re the comparison between candling and ultrasounds, my daughter had cancer when she was expecting her daughter. She found out when she went in for her first exam and refused to allow them to end the pregnancy to treat her. She had ultra sounds every week to monitor Little Diane's progress and keep an eye on the size of the tumor. Not one ill effect on the baby or my daughter. We knew our special little Kendra would be born with Spina Bifida, so my daughter-in-law had ultrasounds every week for 7 weeks, then twice a week for the last month of her pregnancy. Again, no ill effects for mom or baby, and without that ability to closely monitor both babies we could have had totally different outcomes with them both. All I'm sayin'.
Edited by Blooie - 5/14/16 at 1:30pm