What kind of losses should I expect when I hatch. If I only want 8 chickens, how many eggs should I incubate, and how many should I expect to die in chickhood (admitedly, I over bought chicks two years ago, expecting two or so to die, and they all lived.) I understand shipped eggs are expected to have at least a 50% mortality rate, so 16 to get 8 chickens? But then I have to account for the 50% chance of roosters (I only want one), so 32? 32 eggs for 8 surviving chickens? That seems high. Am I figuring right?