Hello everyone! So this is a big project that will be coming up in roughly a month and half or so. In one of my classes in high school we are doing a final project that can be anything in any field of science within reason. Last semester someone in the same class did something with ducklings. So my goal of this project is: 1) see what physical traits are dominant in the different cross breeds and 2) see which cross breed grows the quickest to figure which one would theoretically be the better meat chicken. All of my crosses would be sired by my Rhode Island Red rooster. The hens would be Black Australorp, Delaware, Welsummer, Silkie, Barred Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte. I would use my RIR hens, yes I know their not a cross, to see how they compare to all the others weight wise. I know the Silkie obviously won't be the meatiest birds but I want to see what physical traits show up. If anyone can give me insight now to what the crosses might be, that would be great. Another part of this question/project I need to know ahead of time is what kind of incubator I should use. I've looked at some Brinsea products but I want to know what everyone else thinks. This incubator would need to operate on its own for the most part since I would only be able to be around it during class, never on the weekend. I'd also like it hold a lot of eggs, preferably around 30. Any other insight would be great! I want to know everyone's opinion so I can use them to make my final judgement.