hello all, i first started trying to hatch eggs during the end of the last school season. my first incubator i actually got of a web site that i choose not to mention. i actually paid about twice what i could have gotten it in a local store, but that is due to the payment agreement with that web site. it was a little giant 9300. i tried 2 different batches from different sources and had only 1 hatch the second one pipped but didn't hatch. for heat at this time i had a clamp lamp with a regular bulb. "charlie" passed away 3 days later. that is the bad news. now for the good news. we picked up the hovabator genesis 1588 and now have a small flock of 9 mixed breeds of chickens. the other 3 still haven't pipped yet. i will add pics at a later time. we have two black and white ones, one of which i held and it has a "ridge" along the top of it's beak. one is a golden color of which has started to change slightly. the other 6 were solid yellow, but they to are changing colors. one has a small black patch starting and they all are starting to get a bit of white to them. my source had said some were i believe white longhorns. i cant remember what the others were. for heat i actually built a "H" type system using high heat capable plastic and a "zoo med" tank heater. cost about $38.00 if i remember. i also have a clamp light with a standard light above it. i wasn't sure how to sex them at the moment of hatching but it is now about a week after hatching. is there still a way to sex them at this point? as mentioned i will attach in another posting here the pics i have at this time.