Hi folks, I am new to chickens and have been putting the eggs in the incubator since we got our flock last Sunday. :) These are the eggs from my blue orpington, in order (minus one that had a crack in it when I found it). As you can see, she went from a very pale egg with no speckles, and as we progress, her eggs get darker and more speckled. Can anyone tell me why? Is it because her diet is different here?
Also, we have a Little Giant incubator. I set it for 99.5 but it is almost never at 99.5. It got a little warmer when we taped up the vent holes, but it still almost never makes it past 98.8 F. I moved it to a warmer room to see if that would help. Any ideas? Can I assume that the eggs will be duds if they are at less than 99.5 for a certain amount of time, or is there still hope for them?