Well after three weeks of turning our eggs and hopeful anticipation of many fuzzy chicks to play with, we hatched one. Yes, you read right, 36 eggs and one baby! So the children and I used the failure as a science project. We hypothesized that perhaps the thermometer that came with our new incubator was inaccurate. We gathered five thermometers from around the farm and put them in the incubator and found that the one we used was 5 degrees too cool. So we believe that we cooked our chicks. When we thought we had them at 99.5, they were actually at about 105 degrees. We can’t figure out how we have one live chick that survived this sauna. He was our biggest egg which led to more theories. Here is a picture of “Buddy” as my son named him, I think “Miracle” is more fitting. He shivers quite a bit and seems to like being right under the heat lamp, hmmm.
We think his Dad is “Officer” and his Mom is “Triple Time Cuteness:”
This weekend we will test our hypothesis by putting a batch of fresh eggs in the incubator with a new, tested thermometer. So back to waiting anxiously for three more weeks!