Congratulations to those finally getting their first pips and chicks. Am I the only one left with zero?
Rebel, I was surprised to hear about the severe injury to your son from being shot with a BB gun. Most of us country folk have been shot (or been the shooter) by a BB gun with little ill effect. I have three boys that get popped by one of their brothers on a regular basis. It is always "an accident" and I have never worried about it too much. Wow, I may be hiding the BB's after this!
I am bummed. I was so excited to join this hatch (ask DH, he has been laughing at me for weeks.) I did everything to the best of my ability, and was so proud. I have no idea what the problem is. I cleaned and disinfected the bator, I turned the eggs while waiting to start. I took notes and monitored the temp and humidity. The temp stayed at 99 the majority of the time and only dipped to 97 a couple of times after opening the bator. The air cells progressed according to the chart and although not ALL looked great at lock down, there were plenty that did. I have caught myself tearing up a time or two (and I am NOT a cryer.) I realised that every time I go to the bator, I get my hopes up and every time, there's nothing. I went to bed thinking there would be chicks in the morning.... nothing. I went to church and lunch thinking there would be pips when we got home.........nothing. It is torture, and I don't even know when to end it. How long do I wait?