So I went to the Oregon poultry fair on Saturday totally intending to get a couple of sensible chickens who are good layers. I came home with 2 silkies. So now I've discovered that actually I have to have MORE silkies. LOTS MORE. I've sent out emails to everyone I've seen on craigslist locally that has had silkies up for sale in the last couple months and they all basically wrote back saying that it's too late in the season and they don't know anyone else who has birds or eggs, either. The only hatchery I could find in Oregon said they're booked out on chicks until 2012. Then the thought hit me that maybe I could just get some eggs and hatch them! I see that eBay has some auctions and so does this website, the chicks I don't keep could go to my grandfather because he's ALWAYS wanted to keep silkies... So: 1. What are my chances of getting ANY chicks from shipped eggs in a homemade incubator (still to be constructed lol) with no hatching experience? 2. Is there a reason other than the fact that most chickens don't lay in super cold weather that everyone's response to me asking about hatching chicks was "LOL, IN LATE OCTOBERER??" If I keep these cuties in an incubator in the house and I don't ship them from somewhere super cold like Buffalo NY will the season matter? Tips or tricks on how to pull this off/end up with the most and bestest cutest babies ever?