I have never had chickens, I have always been fascinated by the development that goes on in all creatures born from eggs. I loved (and still love) silkie chickens, especially the ginger ones. I tried to hatch silkie chicks in a homemade incubator over 5 years ago and failed miserably. Now older and wiser I have decided to use a bought (secondhand) incubator and hatch six welsh harlequin/peking duck cross eggs. All six were posted, all six were fertile, all six have made it to lockdown (with normal aircells) and now at day 25 two eggs have external pips and are peeping. (trying to distract myself from looking at them every 30 seconds by writing this introduction) Currently I have no chickens, but my sister (who lives half a block away) has two brown shavers (rescue chickens), living in the city, it puts restrictions on the amount of birds we can house. Since before I got my duck eggs I was googling every little thing trying to prepare myself as much as I could. I found myself time after time being directed here. While chickens are quite a bit different to ducks the basic process of yolk absorption, shrinking of veins and general egg health is quite similar. I read so much I wanted to be part of the community. I wanted to share my newbie experiences of this hatch and try to help out with what I learned from my hatch. My other hobbies are mainly anything craft. I love to try new things, recently I learnt how to crochet just for the sake of it. I do a lot of polymer clay jewelry, paper mache projects, cross stitch, sewing, upcycling and those diamond painting things. I also enjoy computer gaming, all sorts of puzzles and reading. Lastly, my family consists of my husband, our daughter (14) and our three sons (7,5,3). The children are all excited about the prospect of ducklings, being a realist though I also warned them of potential problems the ducklings may have surviving. I also help to run a cat/kitten rescue, so with 3 cats of my own and 4 rescue cats/kittens about the house I have set myself a great challenge of making sure the two parties do not meet. I am so grateful to everyone on here that has shared information, I am sure I would not have gotten this far without it. Great to meet you all.