I'm still quite new to hatching eggs and though I've done it 2-3 times in the past, I forget how incredibly exciting and fun it is!!!! Anyone else going through the thrilling anticipation??? I have about 40 quail eggs that are right on the verge of hatching....actually, one has already knocked the top off its egg but has been laying there for about 6 hours. Still breathing and wiggles a little once in a while. I'm not really worried about it yet. Its white, and I understand from you all that they often hatch first. The 40 that are due to hatch are all Coturnix and/or button (is button technically a coturnix?). I have Texas A & M's, Pharoh, and Tuxedos.... they were all set on Friday, July 30 so today is late on day 16...meaning I guess I'm still a little early for most of them. Because they are coturnix, they are almost impossible to candle...at least for me. SO I honestly have no idea whether all of them are likely to hatch or if only a few are viable. I have seen 3 eggs literally MOVING, kind of rocking, so at least a few seem to be on their way!!! One other one has peeped just a tiny bit. I also set 9 bobwhites at the same time. They are easy to candle and they were 9 out of 9 alive when I candeled just before lockdown Friday..... BTW...that brings a quick question..... Because my bobwhites still need to be turned after cortunix should be locked down, I've broken the golden rule of lockdown and opened my bator VERY QUICKLY 2 times per day to turn the BW's each of the last 2 days. How much damage do you think that is doing? Temp recovers quickly and humidity too, but I still worry. I'm thinking that since tomorrow will probably be the big hatch day for the coturnix, I may just not open and not turn the BW at all for that one day....what do you all think? Which would be less harmful....not turning the bobwhites or breaking lockdown on the coturnix on day 17??? Anyway, I hope some of the rest of you are enjoying- or soon will- the thrill of hatching right now!!!! Still feels like I've "created" life, though of course I know I've just facilitated it. Either way, there is nothing quite like seeing those eggs rocking and piping and opening!