We candled the eggs last night, basically shining a bright light through the egg shell to see if there are any signs of life. After a week you should see the beginning's of an embryo and a web like structure of blood vessels.
The ones that don't show signs of development are discarded as they give off a gas that poisons the other eggs and they might die. Always an anxious time, we usually have to discard a third.
This time however out of twenty two eggs all twenty two show signs of life. Unheard of in our experience. So we may get more than nine chicks in three weeks.
I think we should insist on a drugs test on JJ's drake!