Hello! I have just discovered this site over the past few weeks...guess who has got a new incubator and is demented already! It has been fantastic to be able to dip in here and learn so much from your members and also to see that I'm not the only one going nuts during the incubation process. Hopefully at some stage I'll be more knowledgeable and have some words of wisdom to add to the discussions....but for now I'm on what looks like being a pretty steep learning curve. I am in Ireland, and finally (after 10 years) we are in the position that we have been able to get chickens. It started out as one cock (Light Sussex) and 4 hens (Barnvelder, Blackrock, Rhode Island Red and Maran), but has grown already to include a Hamburg Bantam pair and the Buff Orpington pair and Welsummer pair are on order, also considering a La Bresse pair......oh, and the 2 Embden Geese are here already too. We live in the Countryside so this is part of our rural dream. We got the original 5 for my son who is almost 6 and it has been a fantastic experience for all of us so far. So far we have just been using the eggs or giving them to family and friends, but ultimately....(very soon if we get the incubation sorted out) I really want to produce chickens and maybe Geese and ducks for the table. I live with my Husband and son (almost 6) and daughter (almost 2). We have 1 dog (a dalmatian rescued by animal welfare) and we still have 2 of our 4 original cats. I work in Education and I am an Artist. Well, that's me. I'm looking forward to bumping into you on the boards. I have already learned so much by reading posts. Right now my nerves are shot as we are day 20 and no peeping or pipping!