Well I think I'm just about done with hatching for the year (I really shouldn't say things like that, the year ain't over yet!). I normally only post when I have questions, but I guess I'm feeling chatty and thought I would talk about my hatching experiences for the year! I hadn't done any incubating in a few years, I'd done alittle in the past and honestly I am not so good at it, but I think I'm getting better! Since this could get long, I will title this one attempt one and put the others in their own posts. Attempt One! So I got bit by the incubating bug and desided to dust off the incubator and buy some eggs, I'd recently became chickenless and wanted to rebuild a flock, so I ordered some chicks and also desided to get some hatching eggs. I went to get my Havabator out of storage and found it with the top bashed in. So I bought me two new ones, a Havabator and a Little Giant (one for incubating and one for hatching). And started with 23 eggs, 8 chicken, 8 duck, 5 guinea, and 2 peacock. At 7 days one guinea egg and one peacock egg were clear, the other peacock egg I just couldn't be sure. So 20 good eggs seems like a good start! By 14 days all but three eggs (one guinea, 2 peacock) were growing and looking good! They were in the Little Giant and I was having some trouble with temps, I'd had it set up for three days before the eggs got there and it was fine, but after the eggs were put in the temp kept fluctuating. So on day 18 some of the eggs hadn't made it, day 21 came and went, and nothing. On day 23 I was sure the chicken eggs were dead, so I checked each one over and to my suprise her noises from inside! A few hours later I could here the chick peeping! I thought for sure I'd get up in the morning to a cute little suprise! But in the morning there was nothing, no sound and the chick hadn't even pipped. I opened it up and it was dead. None of the chick eggs hatched. So naturally I was quit nervous when we got to day 28 (for the ducks and guineas), day 28 came and went, and 3 days later I again heard some activity. I waited and waited and didn't see any progress, the babies were getting slower and quieter and I desided, I could either let them all die, or try to help and maybe save a few. Some were just to weak already, a few must have died seconds before I opened the egg, but by the next morning I had 3 live ducklings, 1 Cayuga and 2 golden cascades! 2 ducklings (1 of each) were active and moving around, and the third didn't even attempt to get out of it's shell, it stayed with it's back end in the shell until it dried and I put it in the brooder and removed the shell, I figured that one wouldn't make it. But to my suprise a few hours later the more active golden had died and the other one was still hanging on. The golden was weak for a few days, but both pulled through and are doing great! 23 eggs, and only 2 little ducklings to show for it, not to good. I think it was the fluctuating temps and possibly to much humidity.