Today is Day 10 of the 21 day incubation period for chicken eggs. Our second candling showed that 17 of the eggs appear to have thriving chick embryos. We could clearly see some of them wiggling their big black eyes around. See an illustration here.
We have read that some eggs develop a bacteria inside that will cause them to explode and leave behind a stinky mess. Since that's about the last thing I need around here, we removed the eggs that had stopped developing or were never fertilized. MaddieLynn broke a few open and saw that they had never developed past some blood vessels, and The Bubba
begged me requested to take one out into the back yard and shoot it with his BB gun. I don't know what that egg ever did to him, but I can guarantee it will never do it again!
We are getting excited to see those cute little peepers and are continually amazed at God's wonderful creation.
And now I have a new excuse when visitors drop by and my house is a mess. "Oh, excuse the mess. You see, a chicken egg exploded in here right as you were pulling in the driveway."