Hello, I am new to the Chicken Community. I started my new adventure in February of this year.I started out with 5 day old Buff Orpingtons and 5 day old Barred Rocks. I was very impatient waiting for them to grow up so I bought a few hens. Since, I have bought and bartered through many chickens. When I came into this I knew it wasn't going to be easy but I assumed it wouldn't be too hard to figure out. Boy, was I wrong! As the year has gone on I have learned just how picky these chickens can be! I only have 2 laying hens (RIR, and a White Leghorn) now and one rooster(Barred Rock). I also have a few others but they haven't started to lay just yet. I decided about a month ago I wanted to hatch a few of my own chicks. I read I wouldn't get a 100% hatch rate and I wanted to start small so I decided I would start with 6. I staggered them which now since I've continued to read on I think maybe I messed up. They are 2 sets of 3. 3 days apart :-/ This is day 7 for my first set of 3. I have read many articles and watched tons of youtube videos trying to see when the first candling would be appropriate. I decided on day 7 and 18. At first attempt I saw nothing and was so sad. I went through each one and saw nothing. I decided I would try again and investigate more closely. I tilted the egg to the side and I saw it! I saw a spiderweb! I moved to the next egg. same thing. The third egg I picked up was the most wonderful. It was moving, and alot! I watched it swimming all around for a moment and checked the rest. All growing! I know it is still early but I am so excited! I open the incubator almost everyday and rotate the eggs. I am nervous it isnt doing it by itself. I do this very quickly but gently. Does anyone have any advice? Does it sound like this may be a success? Share your experience with me please! I love reading these forum posts, I learn something new each time!