So only the two chicks hatched out of 27 eggs set. The upside is they are both very bright-eyed and active, and I have one of each. The downside is ... I need to figure out why the other 25 eggs didn't hatch.
one Meatie and one Wyandotte chick
Meanwhile, my primary incubators (disguised as feather dusters, aka Silkies) are growing up, and the two larger black ones I bought at the local livestock auction earlier this month have started laying. The splash Silkie pullets shouldn't take too much longer to start laying, and then I will have seven Silkies that should go broody shortly after the New Year's. Until they do, I'll practice with my electric incubator ... and hopefully do better.
the two black Silkie pullets with the splash cockerel