When we started this journey, not that long ago; we anticipated problems, set backs, successes and a whole bunch of unknowns. Our own starter flock were so small that the thought of having tiny web-lings running around didn't strike us. But then as the winter snows began to melt, the eggs started piling up! We ate quite a few, and gave away to friends many as well. But then we thought about trying our hand at hatching. So, we did like most, shopped with our mouse and keyboard on that amazing thing called Amazon and within a few days we had our first incubator. We picked out the "freshest" 25 eggs we had and started the long process. At day ten we culled 4 eggs that were almost completely transparent as compared to the others. We left two very similar eggs just to make sure we were doing it right. The next week those two eggs and a few others joined the culled batch. And time marched on. Last night, the count-down timer reminded us that the big day was quickly approaching. We candled what we imagined was our last time. More eggs discarded and out of the original 25 we had 11 still kicking and growing. In the last few eggs, there was one that we noticed the shell was beginning to flake! So we took a closer look and OMG! it was dented, OUTWARD!!! We scratched the shell and listened carefully. It was returned with a little "chirp chirp"!!! So instead of locking down Tuesday night, we transitioned to the next phase last night. After reading so many threads I was expecting this long drawn out and emotional process over the next day or so. This morning as I let the dogs out and took the first few sips of the liquid of life (coffee) I heard a much louder "chirp" coming from the incubator. The little rascal had already gotten out and was doing laps around the remainder of the eggs!! He or she is loud and wanting company in the worst way. I can't wait to get home tonight and move him or her into the brooder we hastily constructed last night. I'll try to post the picture I took with my phone in just a few minutes. One down, ten to go!!!