We are so excited our chicks will be hatching soon. We put 13 White Leghorns in the bator on 6/24 and started candling on Day 3. Posted about tossing vs. not tossing slow growers and glad I got the advice not to toss. Don't know if they'll all make it past hatch, but 12 of them are still growing. 1 was tossed as it never developed any veining and we don't want to take a chance on any exploding/stinky eggs. How do you prepare younger children for the potential losses (ages 10 & 8yo)? I keep telling them that while we have 12 eggs with chicks growing, some of them may not make it al the way to hatch and even after that they may still have something happen and then they'll die. I hear them say "okay" but I don't think they've grasped it yet - however I don't want to push the death angle and end up worrying or scaring them about dying. The brooder is ready for them - but I'm planning to go tonight to get framing materials for a coop after seeing some pics of how big the chicks get in a few weeks time! DH was excited about chickens, but I know once they get a little large his excitement for them in the house will wear away fast. So got to get them their own home quick.