OK, It's been 21 full days since starting incubation, we are halfway through day 22. I thought I followed all the parameters correctly, but have learned a lot for next time. Now I need to figure out when to throw in the towel.
We started with 39 eggs, they candled and lost mass as expected early and at day 18. Only 4 showed no signs of development. I think that is what I mean, what we see now when candling is air sacks and a dark indiscernible mass in 35 of them. Also they feel different, can't explain, but the mass of the egg seems more like a hard boiled egg, not fluid like, but heavy in the large end. What I mean is the mass seems fixed, like if you would spin it on end it would spin like a top rather than just roll over (this is how I tell hard boiled from raw eggs when needed). Yes - I know this would be a horrible idea & would never spin them.
The first one came out of the shell about 50 hours ago, followed by one about 15 hours ago, then the last one about 6 hours ago. I was seeing some rocking in a few of the eggs a day or so ago, but this seems to have about stopped. I'm OK leaving them for another day or two - nothing lost I guess, but I would like to know if there is any way to see if there is still life. I have been reading about placing the eggs in warm water (non-pipped of course) to see if there is any movement. Sounds like a good idea, but my little Scientists are certain "Daddy is going to drown the baby chicks!" I don't need this spread around the playground - play dates are hard enough to get without PETA Parents jumping to conclusions.
Not really proud of 3 for 39 (7.7% - Ugh). This was started as a science fair experiment. So much for the MIT scholarships, but it was a great learning experience anyway. I am willing to go on, but need to show the kids we did everything possible. I guess my plan now is give it a few more days and try the water thing after bed time. If anybody has any other suggestions, I would certainly appreciate them.