Well I found out what was wrong much by accident. My incubator was glitching. My egg made it to lockdown and i put it in the incubator like i said I would and it overheated again and killed it. I am still kind of upset seeing it went so far.
Turns out my ancient thermometer was a whopping 5 degrees off. I didn't think my hovabator 1588 would go to 105 at setting 4! I reset the incubator so that it now is at 100. I was so upset i didn't post on here. I knew things could go wrong but...
now i know exact what went wrong and sadly it had nothing to do with my lower body temperature. I put them in at a week (less for a few of them) to build an air pocket but it must have overheated then too and killed my embryos so by the time i noticed they weren't growing (since i couldn't see into most of my eggs) they looked like they didn't form/ died inside. Little did I know they got cooked! UGH!!!
SO recently I was at my friends house again gazing at her gorgeous chickens and eggs and decided to give it another round. I took 6 (not all for me) eggs and went home. I put 2 in my incubator which now is at temp and put the other four in the brabator again.
Now for some great news. I picked eggs I can see into fully and I put them in on Saturday 10th. AND GUESS WHAT? All FOUR of my eggs have embryos! I can see them CLEARLY in both my blue and brown eggs and I could already see then at day 2 and 3 which means they are right on track. I put in the incubator eggs a day later so they are a day behind my eggs and although only one egg seems to be forming (the other egg was really long… sadly beggars can't be choosers so I took it anyways. Eh. why not?)
So I'm doing this again because what went wrong had nothing to do with what I was doing. I've learned what not to do and i've decided the air sac will develop in week two and three and I will compare my eggs to the ones in the incubator so I can see if they are developing right.
Also some interesting news.
Yes Human body temperature is lower but I stuck my NEW thermometer into the "'bator" and was pleasantly surprised to find the extra bra-age in there actually boosts the temp to about 99-100 degrees. I don't know how but I appear to have the right temperature when i wear the extra bras i use to support, insulate, and protect the eggs. SO. Actually this really should work. I'm a bit more confident about it after seeing this. (I also tested the thermometer against the thermostat in my house and they read the same and it read right in the incubator once i reset it and messed with temps)
So you guys ready to go with me again? Sorry for the long no update thing.. i was too angry with myself and my incubator to say anything, since without it it had been going well.
I'll post the new candling pictures tonight. Today is day 5. (more of day 4 since i put them in late on saturday) But at least THIS time my hatch date is the weekend. I realized how stupid a college student was to put them in on a wednesday last time when i realized if i hatched them on me i'd be in class! Try explaining that to a teacher!
…actually i did have a chicken in class once but that's an entirely different story…. @_@ but people do love cute little oegb mix chicks who love love ~<3
Edited by HetaChick - 3/15/12 at 8:26am