So I am a complete newbie and making my first attempt at incubating and hatching our very chicks. We already have chicks (oldest is ~7 weeks old and youngest are 3 weeks old) but we would like our daughter to see "where chicks come from"! We set the incubator earlier last week to let it stabilize and put in 39 eggs yesterday. 17 are from kathyinmo (thank you again Kathy!) and 12 are fertile eggs from Trader Joe's. We've heard others being successful with TJ's eggs so we thought we'd give it a shot as well - anything to help increase our chances of something hatching 3 weeks from now. The TJ's eggs were 11 days old, laid on Calendar Day 286 - October 13 according to our calculations. Hopefully, not too old to still have a successful hatch. You can bet that we're going to learn a lot from this experience. Keeping a log of everything! By the way, kathyinmo originally sent 18 eggs, but after candling and upon closer examination, one was cracked. Unfortunately, we had to let it go before even started. We borrowed a Hovabator 1602 with automatic egg turner from a generous gal nearby (from a local chook group), picked a cheap hygrometer and thermometer (both now calibrated) from Petco. After reading many threads, we've decided on using the "dry incubation" method. Settings are currently 101-102 degrees F and humidity now on the high side of about 45. We had it at 35 to begin with but adding all those eggs must have upped the moisture level. We won't add more water until it drops to about 25 or so. From our testing last week, it took about a teaspoon of water to get it to rise from 25 to 35. We're using a funnel and straw to add water - no disturbing the eggs or opening up the bator necessary. Thanks for the neat ideas everyone! I even took apart an old PC power supply to remove the fan and tried to splice together wiring from an old AC transformer lying around, but that didn't work. Not sure why, but no matter, we're just going to move forward with a still-air bator. We'll candle the eggs again at about Day 7 and see what we've got. Exciting but fingernail-biting times here in this household. Wish us well! Now, if we could only get the coop finished, the chicks outside, and all this dust out of house! If I can figure out how to post some pix (do they have to be links or can they be attached?), I'll do that too. (Why do chook owners only gush about their chicks, coops and setups but never mention the dust *everywhere* to newbies? It must be an inside joke. You can bet I'm not going to say anything to potential new chook lovers out there.