We hatched 10 chicks last summer and were given 12 more. So out of all those birds it looks as if we have 2 definite hens (started laying Jan 2) and 2 other possible hens (one is a silkie). I cannot count on the silkie laying enough to contribute so I am looking at 3 hens. I am just so frustrated and disappointed. It seems as if I cannot incubate naturally or artificially females! I have 5 sons!!! (and thank goodness one girl) We eat 18 eggs at one sitting. I really needed more than 2 or 3 hens. Two that we thought were hens started crowing this week. I just want to scream!!! Just not sure what to do. I hate to wait so long to raise more chicks. Maybe the ducks will start contributing! Thanks for listening.