We have a pair of silkies my kids show for 4H. They are our only birds remotely show quality. I have been told I should hatch a few of their eggs and see if we get a couple more we can show next year. My daughter was also given a black cochin hen and my son a Black Cochin Fizzle roo... which I would like to hatch a few... just to have a few fuzzy fellows.... To start we took 6 silkie eggs and put them under my friends broody hen. She threw 3 of them out, we checked nothing developed, the other 3 never hatched. We then took 8 (I think) eggs and gave them to another friend with a very expensive incubator.... (holds 1000 eggs, etc) and since he hatches a ton of eggs we hoped for better luck. Nada... none hatched. So I am not sure if my roo is shooting blanks or if we have done something wrong. I would like recommendations for some kinda small reasonably priced incubator (I am obviously not going to mass hatch anything) and direction as to what to read to try and "get it right" assuming my roo is successful.... I am feeling frustrated and my kids are heart broken. I would appreciate any insight. Thanks!