So beginning of this year my husband and I started our chicken journey. He had chickens when he was growing up. I grew up in Houston Tx and never had the chance to have them but have always wanted them mainly for eggs. Never did I expect to fall in love and enjoy having them so much. Right now I have what I have been told is a Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster. He was given to my by an amazing friend because the rooster I got with my original 10 chicks was very very aggressive. He had to be culled. She also gave me two beautiful easter eggers. Most of my others I believe are all sex links. At least that is what the feed store said lol. I had NO idea all the different breeds and everything till I got mine. I am in love lol. Well my amazing mother in law listens when we talk it seems and I mentioned to her I wanted to get an incubator in the next few months cause I wanted to hatch and for Christmas she got me a 48 egg incubator!! I can't wait to try it but I am nervous. I have spent the last few days reading everything I can and researching it to death. I want to make sure I do this right! Plus I really want to be able to pay my friend back by giving her a few easter egger babies!! I would love any advice I could get. This weekend I am getting another Thermometer to put inside to make sure I have a second one. I would love suggestions on the best one to get. Just to let ya'll know we don't have a lot of stores around here so it will most likely have to come from Walmart. How many days should I run it before to test it and whats the best way. Should I move the thermometer around? What should I clean it with? I was thinking about just doing a small hatch first so I am not overwhelmed. Do I wash the eggs before I put them in there? If my rooster is a Wyandotte will the easter egger babies lay colored eggs too? Is there anything special I will need after the babies are hatched besides of course food water and the brooder? Sorry this is so long I just want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row before I do this lol. I am so glad I found this page. It has been one of the best things I have found!