Hello all, I've set a dozen eggs in my homemade incubator -- today is day 19 and I'm going crazy trying not to open the lid!! I grew up on a farm in the Hudson Valley, NY, which is where the eggs are from. They are from our black sexlink hens x a very pretty, colorful rooster given to us by a neighbor -- not sure what breed. I was able to collect 6 fresh eggs one weekend and had received another dozen (refrigerated) for eating; in the end 6 seemed like so few, so I decided to set half the fridge eggs as an experiment. Lo and behold, all 12 have been developing! This is my first time incubating eggs, though we have had chickens for decades; we have always purchased day-old chicks. We also have a herd of Toggenburg dairy goats as well as some sheep. I make cheese and soap from the goats' milk. This year my other project has been to plant fruit trees and bushes: black and red currants, gooseberries, persimmons, and peaches. I've been living in Cambridge, MA, for the past several years, doing editorial/communications work for one of the universities here, and visiting the family farm on weekends and vacations. That's where any chicks that hatch will go -- we won't last too long all together in my apartment!