I had chicken biology and life cycle lessons with a few of the 20-somethings tonight. We played with the new hatches then went out to check on the juvies and lock up the adults. There were a few eggs so we candled in the backyard, then took them in and cracked to check for fertility. Then we candled the bator eggs. A few pips, a few internal pips, and a few late deaths. One had pipped the shell but not the membrane. It was pip-side down, so not sure if it started there or was rolled. I eggtopsied it for them: no veins, yolk absorbed and everything. Hate to see that happen. They asked what I was going to do with it, and horrified when I tossed it over the fence. Up to 30, now. Hoping for about 5 more, though it still wouldn't give me a great hatch rate. I need a hatcher, I think. Or a dryer. Because the chicks push the eggs to the sides, and they get cold. Maybe I could just put up a wall and move the hatchlings over the wall to dry, then to the brooder when they're fluffy. There are options. I'm not loading the bator again til late June, so I've got some time to think. This pretty lily bloomed today. It's my new favorite.