The story keeps getting more interesting. This morning I discovered that there were still 5 unhatched eggs left, but then noticed that there were in fact five chicks hatched, not four. So, that left me with a math problem. There were 10 eggs originally, one dead one yesterday, 5 live, and five remaining. Then I remembered the little Ameraucana hen who somehow got into the nest yesterday. I have built an extension onto the nest for food and water, but covered it with wire mesh. I didn't have it tied down completely though, and this little hen (who is a brat) was in the nest at one point. I had noticed that one of the eggs that was unhatched was a blue one. I wondered now if this blue one was one she laid in that nest yesterday. So I took it inside and candled it, and sure enough, it's a non fertile egg with what looked like a broken yolk. I opened it up and sure enough, a fresh egg with a broken yolk. What a brat. So, the good news is that both of my blue eggs did hatch, and I do have 5 chicks.
Now the story gets even more interesting. I candled the remaining four eggs and three were infertile. The dark brown Copper Marans egg was very dark, and I thought I saw movement, but couldn't be sure. I put it down, trying to decide what to do with it. And then I heard peeping. I held it to my ear and yes, that's where the peeping sound is coming from. So I quickly put it back under the mom. But, will it hatch??? The others hatched on Friday/Saturday night. This one got cool a few times, but not as much as the one I opened up yesterday. That one was pushed out most. This one once or twice, more towards the periphery, not completely out as the other one was, and it never got as cold, as far as I know. But does it have a chance of hatching at this point? The one I opened yesterday seemed a little "premature". I wonder if this one was a bit delayed also. I see no signs of pipping on the shell. The mom is still content to sit on the nest at this point. Again, maybe she knows something.