oooh man.. I can never unsee, or unsmell that. This morning I went and picked up Sunny for her morning break. As I picked her up.. POP! it looked like what would come from a festering infection.. that didn't look like egg, it looked like infected pus! And the SMELL!!! It sent me running! I came inside, to get supplies.. prefold cloth diaper to fold up and hold over my nose/mouth, a couple wet wash cloths, a carton for the clean eggs. I had to take lots of breathing breaks. Luckily only 2 eggs got really gross. Another couple maybe just a drop or 2. Hosed out the crate. And I can just hope and pray.. please, other 6 eggs.. either hatch or don't. but don't 'splode all over the place!! I did take them in to candle them, but either these shells were particularly impenatrable, or my flashlight app on my phone is weakening. (Really! Last hatch the flashlight app on my phone worked AMAZINGLY for candling eggs!) I mostly could see as well into the other eggs about as well as I could see into a rock if I'd tried to candle it. But one I could actually see where the air cell is. And this close to hatching, an air cell is about all I can expect to see anyway.
So I'm wondering.. I set the eggs on a memorial day and am expecting hatch sunday or monday ish. Do I need to "lock down" my broody? She only gets a break if I open her crate and pick her up and make her. Which I do every morning. should I continue to do that up to hatching?