Today was a HUGE improvement with the baby, and that's what I feel she is like. She went to bed in the brooder so I could clean the house and make dinner and she is eating on her own. Still not drinking yet, but I see such a big difference between today and yesterday that I am actually looking forward to tomorrow.
Tomorrow is Day 17 and hatch day is Sunday. My son is excited because they will be church babies. That should keep me busy that day. I will go to church in the morning and I think afterwards I will take the kids and my laptop and go to McDonald's for the afternoon so I'm not glued to the incubator and open it up too soon and kill everyone. I've learned a lesson or two.
So I candled tonight for the last time. There are 12 eggs. Five confirmed live chicks with movement, one egg that I have serious doubts about and the rest have at least developed since I candled a few days ago so I am going to assume they are alive, just too dark to see inside them now. I marked the air cells like Cali Chick did and will see if I learn anything by that from which hatch and which do not. The majority of them looked to be in about the same place and two of them looked kind of big. I have one that my silly broody hen was sitting on and I don't believe she turned the eggs and I took them away from her on day five. Both the air cells looked weird, but one of them the air cell is on the side of the egg. I let them develop, but marked them differently so if they don't hatch I won't be sitting around on them. I hope that one comes through because I could definitely see a baby moving around on the edges of the cell line. So I guess out of twelve I have concerns about three of them, because I never put too much into Magoo's eggs. She is sitting in a feed bucket about a foot off the ground and there is scratch grains under her. Where did she think she was going to take care of them at if they did hatch?
Will keep everyone posted as I go through the next few days and hopefully will have some sibs to play with Miss Pretty next Wednesday or so when they are big enough to walk around with her.