My name is Stazia and I'm in the process of getting an incubator to raise some chicks. I really like th Cochins and the Brahmas. They are feather footed and sweet and BIG! Any advice or tips for a newbie? I've done a LOT of research over the past 2 months, but i know even all the book knowledge is nothing compared to experience. I have a chicken coop built (just need to put the roof on) and have a brooder lamp and box. All i'm waiting for is the incubator so i can pick out the eggs and start cookin'...lol(not really , i'm vegan!) How much water do i put in the bottom of the incubator? is it better to use a still air or a forced air(with fan) incubator? what is the best feed to give chickens? I know chick feed for 6 weeks, but i mean when they get older? I've heard soy meal, turkey feed. What do you use? thanks for your input! have a lovely day!