I'm new to this site and just wanted to share my first born story with everyone. My nephew gave me 5 chicks last year to get me started. Plain 'ole game chickens he called them. One beautiful red rooster, two red hens, and a white/multicolored rooster and hen. They hadn't been handled much when smaller so they aren't as 'pet' as I'd like, but they don't run from me when I go into their pens to feed and water them. Big Red started to get aggresive towards Lil Buddy so we seperated them; putting the two red hens with Big Red and the other hen with Lil Buddy. Lil Buddy really blossomed once he was in his own pen with his own hen. The eggs came few and far between with them all together, but once seperated, they really got into laying. However, none would even consider brooding them. I bought a small simple incubator, put in just a few eggs to start with (8) and have just this weekend hatched out my first babies!!! I came home really cranky from work Friday and found my first baby chirping happily in the incubator. It made my whole weekend happier!! I was so excited I called my husband, mom, and nephew bragging like I had just given birth. All during Friday night and along the day Saturday, little peeps kept us jumping. We have 5 happy, healthy little chirpers in the brooder now. The last of which came around 2 am this morning. Not sure what's holding the other three up. Hopefully they'll be hopping around in the incubator when I check back in this afternoon. I can hardly wait to get off work.