My Serama eggs just started pipping today! 5 out of 13 currently have pip-holes, I'm waiting on the rest…This is nerve-wracking stuff, let me tell ya! The power kept going on and off last night due to thunderstorms, so I whipped out my new handy-dandy cables and hooked up my chicks-to-be to a car battery, already charged and waiting for just such a moment. The power never did go completely out for more than a few minutes, but I was not worried…until this morning. To my horror, the temperature had dropped from 100 to 93, and the humidity had spiked from 70 to 83. Now, I don't know how long it was like this, I guess the battery was too old to hold a full charge for more than a few hours. I quickly pulled the cables off and plugged the incubator back into the wall outlet…As the temperature rose, the humidity declined. I've been a nervous wreck all day, recalling the drawbacks of too much humidity in the hatching cycle…Too much moisture means the chicks can drown in their eggs when the air sac absorbs moisture through the shell from the surrounding air. I hope they're strong enough to survive this ordeal! I don't know if I can sleep tonight, it supposedly can take up to 24 hours for the eggs to hatch out completely…The suspense is killing me!
We added some more windows to the coop; Greg made them from some glass panes he had…The side hinges he bought didn't work out, so they're temporarily propped open with scrap pieces of wood. It's been so beastly hot and humid here in Charleston! Unfortunately, we can't put any windows on the sides of the coop because of the automatic door-pulley system. I love the way it's shaping up! The sink goes in this weekend, if all goes according to plan!