Husband and I are debating the pros and cons of hatching vs. buying live chicks for spring. So far, we've come up with the following short list. Please add your ideas on the subject. I want to make an informed decision before purchasing an incubator or placing a chick order. We currently have 25 birds, a mixture of BO's, BR's, Red Stars, Wyondettes and a couple of EE's. At this point, eggs are used by us or given to family and neighbors. Extra roo's have gone to freezer camp at the cost of $2.50 a bird. Hatching eggs: Pro The joy of watching the entire process Possibly using your own eggs, thus eliminating the cost factor You can hatch full blood breeds if purchased, as opposed to crosses I would get from penning birds together Can keep a closed flock by using your own eggs Hatching eggs: Con 21 days of worrying Fertile eggs can cost as much as a live chick 50/50 chance of male/female Buying chicks: Pro Can purchase them sexed Most have a guarantee of some type Buying chicks: Con Shipping charges Introducing new strain/disease to your flock Thoughts? Ideas?