2 miracle leap year babies were just hatched in my little incubator! Both of my abandoned, jostled, chilled, eggs hatched out what at this time appears to be two healthy little chicks, one Buff O and the other probably a Welsummer/Buff cross. Even the one I was almost positive was dead just hatched out. Guess it was only taking a nap with it's nose stuck in the air chamber. I can only hope to get lucky enough to have at least one full Welsummer chick.
My cheap little incubator that I bought for just such an occasion did it's job but I can sure understand why everyone shells out the money for a good unit. One is probably going to be on my 'get list' now. At least a small Brinsea something or other that I don't have to ride herd on in order to keep the temp stable.
Now to get these two little ones dried out, in a brooder till tonight and back with their momma. At least next time a hen goes broody on us she will have her own 'nursery' ready for her so the other hens can't donate to her cause! My sincere thanks to everyone for their wisdom and advice. I have really appreciated having more experienced shoulders to lean on. Both DH and I were up during the night checking on them. I think we each got 5-6 hours sleep but it was worth it.
Do you guys thing these two little ones will have any problems with their older bros and sissies them being 4 days older than the earliest hatched.