Wow...havent been on here in a while. Anyways...Ive been having a reaaaaaaaaaaaally bad chicken week Last week....There was a little avalanche of snow that blocked the entrance to the baby birds (ok...they're from an april hatch) house, trapping them in there. all but two (my fayoumis) died. So the two survivors were crated...and negligent forgetful me sorta...um...wasnt paying as much attention as I should...And I think the roo died of dehydration. I feel really bad Its my fault. Then sunday...due to a disastrous combination of a belligerant bull elk who keeps trying to get in my chicken feed, and my dogs, they broke in one of my other pens, throwin the gate open and the dogs killed all four birds in that pen. Including my special BLRW that was goodbye gift from my now retired 4-H leader. Anyways...I think Im like in withdrawal. I only have like 10 birds right now...none of which are my special ones. So now...I just got the wild hare to buy some silkie hatching eggs on ebay (Ive been living on eBay to accomplish christmas shopping...and Im a sucker for silkies. my favorite breed.) But as I pay for them...Im wondering...what did I just get myself into?! Has anyone ever bought eggs in december and had them actually hatch?! I have hatched from my own birds in dec (last year--but the baby had a crossed beak And I have bought eBay eggs before, and had some hatch. I'm just wondering...am I insane or is there a chance these could hatch?