Im pretty excited, all ive been doing all week this week is reading posts on the days im at seeing what everybody elses experiences were on that day. Today, day 21 FINALLY i heard my very first peep from one of the silkie eggs i set last month!! Totally exciting. Ive been running a still air bator cooler ( think igloo cooler) with Flexwatt heat tape and a herpstat thermostat to regulate the heat tape. Out of thirteen original silkie eggs only five have made it to hatch. These guys were shipped, and Three ended up starting development, and for whatever reason, quit pretty early on. One was nearly entirely developed before i tossed it, It had a beak and colored areas where the feathers would have come in. Sad to see, and had me worried i somehow messed something up. a few were probably not fertile at all, or just got tossed around during shipment enough to not be viable any longer. Regardless im pleased with my results thus far! Peeper there is making it all worth the fuss. Now that ive heard the peep, while i should have been in "LOCKDOWN" I was checking the eggs twice a day ( keeping up humidity) just for any signs. I candled last night (and got rid of a quitter from the Golden Buffs while i was at it! Good thing!) and SAW movement in the silkies, so i figured maybe things were just going to be a little slower. If i saw an external pip, i just would have made sure the humidity was on par and let things be. ( Now im definitely not touching anything!) Ill keep everyone updated. Just cause. Its an exciting process.