My eggs are not looking so hot. I candled them today and and could not see air cells or even yolks on most of them. Time will tell whether they turn into baby chicks or expensive stink bombs.
If there are no chicks, at least I will have learned a lot about how to handle hatching eggs.
Edit of 2/26/16: i read where you are supposed to candle eggs from the top down to see the air cell, so I did that, and the air cell size is right about where it should be, thank heaven!
Edit of 3/8/16: On day 16 I dropped an egg and cracked it a little above the air cell. Hoping for the best, I put it back in the incubator. Today is Day 18 for my brown fertile eggs from Safeway. The cracked egg appears to have a pip now next to the crack. I added a turkey baster full of water to a coffee cup in the 'bator, and the humidity went up to 64% about 20 minutes afterwards. Then it dropped back down to 45% an hour later. I added 2 more basters of water to the cup and ran some water into the bathtub in the room; this made the humidity shoot to 80%! Easy to see it's going to be a task to keep the humidity in the right range. I candled the brown eggs and only three of them look clear. The rest have a dark area below a visible air cell that takes up about 25% of the egg. I have not see any movement or veins in the eggs, but then, I'm nearsighted, candling with a flashlight, and working with brown eggs.
I'm not going to be able to keep a strict lockdown and turn my white eggs, so I have decided to take the white egg carton out quickly, turn them and put them back, 3 times a day.
Edited by Dubrovnik - 3/10/16 at 12:32pm