Many years ago my brother used Silkie hens to hatch eggs for non-setting chickens. I never took an interest in poultry back then. I am now wanting to raise some chickens and Muscovy ducks. The Muscovy ducks are pretty great at setting their own eggs. But I will need a way to hatch my chicken eggs. Would an incubator be better than using Silkies? I thought my grandchildren would love the Silkies. OK, I would love the Silkies also! It looks like I will go with Silver Leghorns. If the Silkies are OK to use, how many eggs can I put under one hen? What is the best and least expensive incubator? I am on a very low fixed income but, I do not want a product that will give me a poor percentage of hatched eggs. If it takes a little more effort on my part, that's OK.