I have been lurker on this site since I started keeping chickens several years ago. I finally decided to join up after coming to this site so many times in the last few days. I had a flock of Ameracuanas and Welsummers. A mink went to extraordinary efforts to break into the yard and coop one night (I mean mind blowing that he managed to get in there.) and killed my whole flock. He even ripped the heads off of some of the chickens! When I was done bawling (my poor husband gets points for dealing with his hysterical wife) it dawned on me that I had a couple dozen eggs just sitting on the counter and I could try and hatch some. I made an incubator and set 8 eggs. (I wanted to do more but my husband wanted me to save some to eat.) I didn't have a clue what I was doing and came to this site repeatedly to figure things out as I went. I pulled 3 eggs that were not fertilized and yesterday all five that made it to lockdown, hatched! Such a bittersweet experience. I now have 2 Ameracaunas and 3 Welsummers. I am so grateful for the advice I found here that I figured it was time to stop lurker and start participating.