LOL... I am not allowed to be a nervous wreck. I was though! I had a very hard time coming to the decision to even order eggs. I got my first chickens last summer and they just started laying a month ago. I started collecting eggs to hatch and ordered two incubators. I filled the one up with my eggs and then ordered hatching eggs for the other. I figured that I was not sure if my eggs would even hatch since my cockerel is sooo young and my girls have only laid eggs for a few weeks before I started collecting them for hatching. So, I wanted the hatching eggs to fall back on since I would be fairly certain that they were at least fertile. I wanted to set them on the same day but since my hatching eggs were so late then I had not choice but to start my eggs on a Friday and start my hatching eggs on a Monday.
Anyway, before I paid for my eggs, I asked a million questions... I paid then I emailed several times in the wait for them to arrive, especially when they did not arrive on Friday or Saturday as expected. Then when the arrived, I flipped out because of the detached air cells and emailed again... She emailed back and very politely said, "you have huge amounts of anxiety over these eggs" "chill" "just enjoy your eggs and wait to see what happens" LOL.. I read it and was like, SHE IS SO RIGHT! I stopped worrying... especially since I had lost all hope that they would hatch anyway. I researched, came up with this plan and decided to leave it in God's hands. If I have babies, I have babies!
Happily, in the other incubator, I am on day 7 (oh it is after midnight so day 8 ) of my hatch with my own eggs... I just candled tonight. I set 26, 3 were clear and I removed them, 1 had a blood ring and I removed it, 2 I can not tell and 21 all have veins!!!!! I this is my first ever hatch so I have never candled before. I see veins but they are more towards the top of the egg instead of the middle like alot of the pics I see everywhere... I hope that is ok. I am just so excited to see anything!!!
Now I am figuring that if my eggs fail, maybe my shipped eggs will survive and if my eggs are successful then it will soften the blow when my shipped eggs fail.
If I have God on my side, I will hatch out 21 Lavender Orpingtons (my eggs), 7 Salmon Faverolles (shipped), 6 Golden Cuckoo Marans and 6 Blue Wheaten Amerucanas!!!! (But would be happy with a boy and girl of each breed of shipped egg and a few of my own lavender orpingtons....
Edited by curranchickens - 3/23/12 at 10:13pm