I'm gonna update this journal everyday, just so people can get a good learning experience out of hatching eggs, will include a video or two! specs: Eggs:4 hybrid brown eggs, 2 hybrid white eggs, 2 hybrid brown/white eggs, and two possibly hybrid duck eggs. Alotta mix n' matching! Bator: little giant 9200 still air without turner. Stock thermometer. No hydrometer filled middle tray with water, will add water to other two trays in hatch period. (day 18+) Candler: Hi-power led lenser flashlight egg species: Back story: okay, so i had a male RIR and a female white leghorn. among other birds. eggs were fertilized from that leghorn so we incubated them and 2 hatched. a male RIR/leghorn and a female Rir/leghorn. 2 years after this we got rid of our RIR male. so we were left with only the male hybrid and other chickens. none male. the hybrid then proceeded to mate with his mother, her other leghorn freinds, her other RIR freinds, and his own sister. the hybrid female. I've named it an RIL (rhode-island leghorn) so the eggs are: brown: RIR/RIL white: RIL/leghorn between:RIL/RIL (incest) the duck eggs are just a mix of pekin and mallard, maybe muscovy. so, on with the journal: Day 1: marked the eggs with X's and O's set the temp of the bator to 102 at the top of the eggs, hopefully no fluctuatuion. see you guys tomorrow thats it for today! Egg candling chart: NOTE: when I say day one, I mean when day one has been completed. So candling at the beginning of day 2 will be day 1 development.. DAY 1. you will only see the same results with a reasonably powerful flash light. Also these pictures are candling of a light colored egg. first drawing is what the egg really looks like inside second one is what it looks like candling. notice the dot in the middle that you see in the pictures. That is a mass of cells called the germinal disc. this will enlarge as incubation progresses. and by day 3 or 4 it will form tissues and organs. Its like an egg inside of an egg. DAY 2 The germinal disc has got more than 4 times bigger than its original size. the cells have formed a small embryo-like formation in the middle and they are creating the tissues that eventually become a baby chick. However when candling, this pseudo-embryo is not visible. DAY 3 To come tomorrow! New years day!