It's hard to fool Mother Nature. If she ain't ready for chicks.. then it's pretty hard to hatch them. Between non fertile eggs, and my inexperience.. sheesh. I know some folks are really good at it and can probably hatch a rock in their incubators. But I am really new, and have zero experience. I am learning as I go. I got my new incubator, so learning where the settings need to be for it's location in the house -- it's all going to take time.
The January 21st set was 18 eggs. 5 of those hatched and 3 lived. And they are DURN adorable if I say so myself! Two Seramas, and one Mille Fleur Cochin. Little balls of fluffy cuteness overload!
I tried the egg carton method in the hatcher.. I had read that people swear by it. You set your eggs air cell up in the carton inside your hatcher and it helps prevent the hatched chicks from rolling the hatching chicks around. I noticed that a few pipped and hadn't been able to orientate themselves correctly, so never hatched. THAT was frustrating to see. I think this next time I will not do that and see how it works out....
So.. for now .. The Peep Show is small-but mighty! ;)
KatKong stalking Peepzilla (a Serama)
The light colored Serama
The Mille Fleur Cochin.. being watched... :)