We have chicks! Checked one more time before bed and two more brown eggs and one green egg had pipped. Woke up this morning to two not-quite-dry chicks in the incubator and at least one more green egg pipped. Hopefully they'll be dry by the time it's time to turn the day 9 eggs and we can move them to the brooder. The first egg we had noticed doesn't seem to have progressed at all overnight, so now I get to start worrying about that one. But I will not be able to "help" and from what I've read it's best not to. The thing that concerns me most is that the pip seems to be towards the small end of the egg, but it made it all the way through the shell so I'm hoping that isn't an issue.
Sphinx, you're right we did set the same day. Although I set mine in the morning and you set yours in the afternoon.
here's the better of the two pictures I snapped this morning. When I checked on the eggs at 4am and found the two chicks I went ahead and plugged in my heat lamp to get the brooder all warmed up. When we got up again an hour and a half later, the room was totally dark. At first I thought the socket had blown or something, which would be disastrous since the heat lamp is currently plugged into the same socket as the incubator. But upon closer inspection, my bulb blew! So I'm off to the store to get a new bulb at lunch (along with chick starter, I didn't want to "count my chickens before they hatched" so I hadn't gotten any yet). At least I can upgrade to a red bulb now without feeling like I'm wasting money.
Edited by AinaWGSD - 4/9/12 at 4:02am