Well, it's Day 21 for those Welsummer eggs I was gifted. There was a pip last night and cheeping from the little pipper. So, this morning I awoke to a cute little Welsummer chick resting its head between two of the other eggs. I am hopeful that some more will start doing their thing today. Because of the dark color and speckles on these eggs I found them extremely difficult to candle. The cocoa-reddish coloring of the shells makes seeing little red veins nearly impossible. So, since none of the eggs were weeping or oozing I put all 9 of them in the hatcher on Day 18 in good faith. If I can get at least one pullet and one roo from these I'll be a happy hatcher. I'll get some photos once chicks move to the brooding box as the incubator is on lock down, at least through the end of Day 22. As a distraction from the 'bator watch, I need to go buy more chick starter at the feed store for my Silkies and Salmon Faverolles. I don't know what I'm going to do on that eventual day this spring when I walk into the feed store and see little fuzzy chicks for sale. I guess I need to scour the Internet and mail order a case of restraint as I've run out of it a long time ago.