and it was my first time candling, but I definitely saw life in 11 out of the 18 eggs. The rest looked clear, apart from one that was too thick to see through, and another that seemed to have a big shadow inside. I left them all in there just in case. 9 are Blue Orpingtons, one is a bantam Sultan and one is a blue/black ameraucana. One batch of them spent a week in the mail, and then sat for 5 days, so i'm very pleased. The egg from my bantam Sultans is exciting because they hardly ever lay. Knowing my luck it will be a rooster though.