Now I know that hatching chickens is NOT an easy task. Out of 27 eggs, only 14 made it to week 2 and then NONE of my eggs hatched. I think my humidity was off. According to all the experts, chicken eggs need 70-80% humidity the last 3 days of the hatch, so I need to add extra water to my incubator.
I am already collecting eggs to try again.
I am a Biologist - I LOVE this stuff. My little inner scientist totally exploded when I started looking at the un-hatched chicks. I examined their little beaks, wings, and feet. I explored how the yolk was attached and how the little egg-tooth on it's beak should have been used to crack through the egg.
Although I was excited to autopsy, I was also crushed at the loss of the little things. Also, when my children's faces fell to devastation at the news, there was only one thing I could do for them.
I'm not ready to give up. I will try incubating again and soon - this time with a better way to monitor humidity AND to be sure I keep it high towards the end of their hatch.