I will keep track of happenings as we progress to "HATCH" day.
March 13, 2009 DAY 1 - Setting the Eggs
We set 16 eggs today. They include RIR and RIR/Australorp "X". Temperature remained stable at 100 degrees and humidity at 39 %. I logged the weight of each egg and noted any unique characters of each egg. They are numbered 1 - 16.
Forgot to take a picture.
Day 2 through 3
The temp has been good, but did a prelimary candling. Lost egg number 1 - had a hairline crack.
Day 5 Temp and humidity still good candled again. Saw veins in all but two eggs. Was able to get one good picture showing some veins.
Day 7 Temp and humidity still good candled again. Lost one egg, but the rest look great.
Had another unexpected problem. One of my hens was broody, so we built her a broody house this weekend. Put her in on Sunday with some golf balls.
She liked it - so I gave her three eggs out of the incubator. (picture on left) Wish I had known before I bought my incubator that I would have a FREE incubator!
Day 8 though 13 Temp and humidy staying steady.
Day 14 Temp and humidy still doing fine. Candled today. Found one bad egg - pictured to the left.
You can clearly see the crack.
More pictures of GOOD Eggs. Pictures taken on day 14.