Some of you may remember and some of you may not, but I had *several* eggs that looked like duds/deadies amongst my active and obviously developing eggs. I didn't have the heart to remove them from the incubator (except the two that were clearly rotten, they stunk to high heaven and were tossed). However, three other ones I placed aside because they were Silkies and I was just too upset to take them out (knowing that if I did, it would be official that all of my Silkies had perished in their eggs). They hadn't started stinking yet, or weeping so I figured there was no harm in keeping them in there (and I prayed for a miracle in the meantime). Just a bit ago, I candled my frizzle project eggs to check on their progress. 8 are still doing very well. It then came the time that I absolutely dreaded. I knew I needed to throw them away (the Silkie deadies/duds). I decided I would candle them one last time (for whatever reason my hopes were still sluggishly elevated). I say this with tears in my eyes *gulp* .... I HAVE A SILKIE that's still alive in its egg. One little Silkie baby hasn't given up on me...one little Silkie out of 6. I feel awful that we just bought a Silkie on Friday because I thought all of mine "failed to thrive". One little egger in the "Dead" section of my incubator (I have a deadies/dud section) is definitely not a deadie! It popped right up against the shell and started bobbing about almost the second the flashlight hit it. For some weird reason I can't see ANY veining at all...very strange, but there is obviously a chickie in there and it danced for me tonight several times. I even had my husband look to make sure my eyes weren't deceiving me. If it makes it all the way through, and hatches, I'm naming it Dancer. PLEASE don't give up on your eggs if they don't look like they are progressing. PLEASE don't crack them open for an eggtopsy unless they stink like rotten yuckiness. Please give them a chance - little buggers surprise you when you least expect it. This dancing chick has what appears to be a blood ring in the egg (but no signs of veins) - but it was there on day 5 as well, which is what caused me to put it in the "deadies" section. It's not a blood ring...looks like one but is not. Please give your eggs a chance by counting your chickens before they hatch. The two others out of the three I am fairly certain are duds...will stay in there unless they start stinking.