July 23 – The first of the eggs is hatching two days early.  I came home this day to discover one egg had exploded in the incubator and oh my the stench!  Then I noticed that one egg was cracked and my first thought was that the exploding egg had damaged it.  Then it began peeping and I knew that I was soon to have a chick!  This is BL03 (the eggs were numbered), one of the blue Orpingtons.  Turns out the chick is a splash.  Here’s a site that shows the differences.   It hatched at 1:45 a.m.  I know this because the dogs went a little crazy trying to figure out what was going on in the incubator!