recap: last month i did my first ever hatch of 3 eggs (pekin bantam) in a rented r-com 3. 1 hatched, 1 died trying to hatch, and 1 was clear. supplier gave us a 2nd chick, so our 1st chick has a friend. i had just wanted to give my kids (ok and myself!) the experience of hatching chicks, but since then we've bonded with cheepy and kenny, so we have our fingers crossed they are hens ... at 5.5 weeks old so far it's looking good... and we are keeping them. fixed chook house getting delivered on the weekend. then had a recent agonising wait for another 3 eggs to hatch, this time in my new r-com 3...23 days, finally checked them and they were all infertile. breeder later realised that all her eggs from her show chooks were infertile, because she hadn't trimmed the tail feathers well enough on her show chooks, and the poor roosters had been "bonking doonas", in her words. :lol THEN i tried to recalibrate my r-com 3 ready to incubate the 3 silkie eggs i obtained from another breeder. turned out the r-com 3 couldn't hold its temp. so i returned it and.... today i got my 24-egg brinsea octagon-20 advance. i think they are from the uk - do you have those ones in north america? i'm just running it for a few hours to get the settings right, and then i'm going to set my now 15 silkie eggs. (i had to get some more ) i can't WAIT for the next 3 weeks to pass. wish me luck!!!