The tiny heartbeat in the video I posted is now almost as big as the last joint on my pinkie finger. It has a little face, beak, toes, and today even little claws on the ends of them.
It's a very critical time for them right now; In addition to waking up and checking the temperature several times during the night as well as all day, I now have to keep the humidity as high as possible without breaking the condensation point, and I have to do it with no hygrometer.
I've been doing alright, pretty great considering this is supposed to be impossible.
Every time I shine a light through them, expecting to see brown smears instead of sugary pink veins, I see my little chicks, rocking themselves back and forth in their sleep. It's so nice.
This has been an amazing experience, but please don't expect them to survive. Incubating such a small egg from day 1 is supposed to be literally impossible without an incubator or ANY of the equipment needed, but here I've succeeded. It would be unreasonable to expect them to survive to hatching.
You might be wondering why I'm bothering to go through the trouble, raising bird embryos just for them to die.
Well, look at the opportunity to learn! I have learned so much, and later in life, this information is going to come in handy again and again, for the next time I need to do a rescue, take care of someone who is extremely sick, or am forced to 'eyeball' temperatures and humidity levels. I've learned a lot about incubation, hazards, and gotten lots of practice caring for something very vulnerable with no immune system that can literally be killed by a loud noise. If I had made one mistake, only one, these little chicks would not be here. It's important, vital hands-on experience that I literally cannot get anywhere else. Not even close.
So please don't be sad when they do expire, these little eggs made the world a better place for lots of creatures with their short lives. Because their lives happened, a lot of lives can be saved in the future by someone who otherwise wouldn't know what they were doing.