When we came home from vacation there were 27 eggs in the nests and my wife decided that rather than throw them away or cook them and feed to our dog, we should buy an incubator. $45 later I was going through the ritual of turning the eggs at least twice a day. Once when I was working my wife had to turn them and she decided we needed to buy an automatic egg turner (slowly rocks the eggs back and forth, 4 hours for each time). Out of the 27 eggs we have 14 baby chicks. No, I didn't candle them. I just put them all in the incubator. They started hatching two mornings ago, and yesterday morning we had two more hatch. I left the other eggs in the incubator to see if any more hatch. It was very exciting watching the chicks push their way out of their shells. Our roosters are Rhode Island Reds, and we have a mix of different breeds of hens.