I have recently been on a quest to find new color varieties around here, especially silver pieds, I've been searching for months and couldn't find any. Well, that was until today when a friend of mine went online to Craigslist and found an ad that I had missed. I was hesitant on getting them as eggs but my friend was very convincing to make the hour drive out there, especially after I saw pics of his adult birds. Everything about the situation was interesting, particularly the fact that the person selling eggs is a 15 year old boy and was super smart about his birds. He had several well-kept pens separated by color...blue, black-shouldered, silver pieds and whites, spalding silver pieds and one other. He cut me a HUGE price on the eggs, and wouldn't let them leave the house without wrapping each one in bubble wrap and packing them in a box. We were very impressed with how good this kid was, and it was all this boy's work, his parents just help him with them. His spalding silver pied male had the longest tail I've seen on a peacock and had BEAUTIFUL coloring. I now have 4 spalding silver pied eggs and 4 silver pied eggs. I don't have anything broody so I'm doing it incubator style. Most publications say that keeping them under a bird for first 10 days greatly improves chance of hatching. There's something about the bird sitting on them that increases hatch rate. I read all this stuff about bacteria and what not growing in the incubators yet my hen hatched out 5 from a nest scraped in the dirt. And it rained twice and they got muddy yet they still hatched. I wonder if it's the weight of the bird that has something to do with hatch rate. Maybe the eggs shouldn't be sitting in an incubator with air all around them. I decided to add hay to the incubator and cover the eggs with more hay. Has anyone else ever tried such a thing? Wouldn't that make some kind of sense b/c the eggs incubated by the mother are kept pressed against the dirt and the nesting bird. I think its better than putting the eggs on plastic sitting above water. I'll let you all know in 28 days if my theory works. I'm always happy to share information that works. I have temp at 99-100 and humidity at 60% and I will be turning them often.