What is the "window of opportunity" for imprinting? (How many hours/days before the opportunity is lost?) My goal: A few "pet quality" lap chickens for me and my girls (ages 7 & 4 yrs old), with added bonus of omelettes . First hatch attempt, viable eggs currently in incubator are: 4 white Silkies, 5 standard egg-laying "mixes" (poss "pures" of australorp, RIR, & leghorn), and 1 itsy-teeny Serama. Originally had 7 "mixes", but 2 "clear", discarded. Also, what are your thoughts & experiences with chicks that have imprinted on you? Did they remain human-oriented through adulthood? Did they make better "Pet Quality" lap chickens? Note: I know it is probably an "individual thing", but I mean IN GENERAL. Also, I know it is important to keep 'bator closed through-out hatching process, so eggs/chicks are not compromised by fluctuating humidity, BUT does that mean you will lose critical bonding/imprinting with some of them, if left in 'bator for, say, 48 hours before interacting with humans??? Input, please???? Thank you SO much!! (Might sound like a "minor concern", but I really want these chicks/chickens to work out well in our "suburban with small children" lives, want to do what I can to help insure that they will. Thanks!!!!!