So... (deep breath) this all started with the idea to let the kids at my child's school hatch eggs for us in this year's poultry unit. I thought this would be super--the class would do the work and I'd get my chicks. Then I started studying breeds and incubating and shipping eggs and my head started to explode from the sheer volume of information coming at me. I cancelled two orders of hatching eggs from one of THOSE large hatcheries and began researching local options as well as better breeders of the kinds of chickens I wanted. After all that time studying up not to mention the generosity of the "chicken people" who I've communicated with, I have total anxiety as well as way more eggs than I ever intended on having. It's gotten so crazy that I've decided that I'm not even quite sure I can trust the children with my egg babies that are coming so I'm planning on setting some at home. At this point I've borrowed an incubator (still air, foam thing that I'm trying to get temp right on) and am bracing myself for the eggs that will arrive and those that I'll pick up on this coming Monday. I'm spending a Saturday night trying to calibrate a thermometer, beating Amazon down for a candler and hygrometer, and generally panicking about the idea of killing some chicks. So, here's my plan: hopefully successfully hatch these precious babies to be AND pray I get some support and advice because I sure need it!!