The eggsperts said it was time to be worried, so I began poking holes in the top of the eggs to see why the heck nothing was going on. About 16 were nothing but yolk or early embryos, but then I got to one where I could see feathers.
The eggsperts said if it wasn't moving in there that it was dead, so I picked the rest of the shell off and there was a perfectly formed (but definitely dead) little chick in there.
It was really sad. It's one thing when you're dealing with some scrambled yolk or little rubbery alien eyed things, but quite another when it's a precious, balled up little chicky. I sort of feel like a murderer.
I put the rest back in the incubator, but have very little hope. The eggsperts say you never can tell why it happened and everyone gets bad hatches now and again but I think they're just trying to make me feel better. Two bad hatches? I'm a serial chicken killer.
Maybe God doesn't want me to have chickens? Maybe God wants me to have fancier, more exotic looking chickens?
I'm really sorry. I know how excited you were. Dh said we can rent you a hen to incubate your eggs :) I think what you are doing is hard and it takes practice to get it perfect. Mother hens make it look so easy. I wish you were closer and we could chicken farm together. I'll have to take a picture of our rooster tomorrow to give you a laugh. He is molting and has lost all of his tail feathers. It is really funny. Hopefully your Dh will change his mind and you can try again soon.
Oh! I'm so sorry. I can only think its not you but the eggs. I know you can't be a serial chicken killer!
I'm sorry the faux farming isn't working out. Can you buy chicks that are already hatched?
I'm very sorry :-(. Sometimes shit happens no matter what an excellent substitute momma hen you are. Don't give up - you have all the equipment and most importantly, the ambition and willpower to be a great Queen Egg Hatcher :-).
Aww! I'm sorry, hon! :o( Better luck next time...
Maybe it's the blue eggs. Maybe they are suppose to be incubated at Tiffany's. Don't buy the blue eggs again.
Oh I am so sad, I was laying here watching the Olympics and thoght "Oh I need to see if there are any chick babies in the Closet"
I don't think your a serial chicken killer either
I would blame eBay :)
I know you wanted to be the mama, but maybe the next best thing is to get live chickens?
What do I know... I am so NOT a farmer.
I'm sorry to hear about this. I checked the Closet first thing this morning sure that there would be chicks. :( I don't think you are a chicken murderer either. Maybe try one more time?
My daughter goes to a home daycare and they have done two *batches* of eggs. The first time not a single one hatched. The second time though, all but one made it.
Definitely try again... chicks are the cutest!
Don't give up.
Ah, that stinks. Glad to hear that you are trying again though.
Here's to hoping this time around is the winner!
OMG! When I first started reading this I thought you were talking about like, a carton of eggs, from the store. And you found a real baby! lol
Okay, deep breathing now. In one-two-three / out one-two-three.....
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