What a day. I'm exhausted. I got quite a bit done, though. It's time to put my leg up and ice it down. aaahhhhh... I got all the little chicks out of the nest that were in there with the broody hens. One chick wasn't doing well, so I put it in the hatcher in the basement for the night. I took all the eggs that didn't hatch and put them in the incubator. I candled them and they had all started to develop. One didn't look good, so I left it out. I think these others just need a little more time. The second hen probably got in there and laid them after the other hen had started on the first set of eggs. Stupid me. I had all the chicks out of the nest and the hen off the nest for about a half hour before I had the foresight to gather the eggs for the incubator. They should be okay, though. I found one dead chick in the nest. It looked like it hadn't completely gotten out of the egg. It may have gotten smashed though. Who knows. With those two big fat broody hens crowed into a 5 gallon bucket for a nest it would be entirely possible to smash one or two. I took the rooster out. He was good around the chicks, but he mated with those hens about 4 times while I was out there and each time chicks went scattering every which way. I decided that was enough and these working moms needed some alone time with their new babies. My big boy went into a cage. He is not at all happy about it! I finally got my auto water system started. I didn't finish getting it set up, but I will in the morning. I brought some of the parts back in the house with me to finish putting together tonight, then it will be a piece of cake to get it finished and going in the morning.