Hi, I'm new here. I hope you will let a Fox in this Henhouse. I promise to be good. I got 8 eggs this last May from a friend. I had 5 that were fertile. I was able to hatch 4 of them out using a desk lamp, temp/humidity gauge and water/sponges. They are Silkies and are ever so cute. My Mom has 7 other chickens, 6 Golden Comets and 1 Rhode Island Red. So we have merged them together and they all live over at her place. I get to see them regularly though. My Silkies, that's what I hatched, ended up being 3 roosters and 1 hen. I guess you call them Cockerels and pullets at this stage. Two of the Roos developed earlier... I could tell they were Roos as their combs and wattles started to develop. One I was convinced was a pullet, and one we were unsure of. It has turned out to be a Roo too. One Roo, Miracle, is a Partridge. He started crowing young! He's the Alpha Roo. Then there is Marvel. He is white with some blue. It is just a silvery color along his back and legs. He was marked uniquely as a baby and remains so as an adult. The last Roo is all white. My little girl is also white. She is not yet laying. She is just turning 5 months old. I want some more Silkie hens very much!!! I think because I put so much effort into hatching out these chicks, it would be very hard for me to get rid of the Roos. So I told my Mom I just need to find good hens for them. The we will hatch out more like them! I have not had much luck finding Silkie hens in South Carolina, but someone told me about a lady that advertises in the Penny Saver sometimes. So I will be looking into that. The Golden Comets and Rhode Island Red have been laying an egg everyday, so we are always getting 7 eggs a day, even now. She got them in the Spring as chicks and they have done very well. The Rhode Island Red started laying later than the others, but she is now a regular layer as well. We are very pleased with them. I have been reading your boards ever since I started my hatching journey, so I want to say thanks for all the great information on here. Once I figure out how to post a picture, I'll be sure to put some up. I hope this was the right place to post an introduction!