I teach 7th grade Science and this year I really want to hatch chicks with my students. It gives them a fantastic chance to make observations and predictions. We have 5 chickens now and we just moved to a new house with MUCH more land and a bigger pen (the bigger coop is coming next spring well before we would add more chickens to our flock). My husband is totally agreeable to the hatched chicks joining our new flock (in fact he is looking forward to it), so any chicks we hatch will have a happy home with us. If it works this year I will just hatch out our broiler chicks every year (presently we buy them) so every class can have a chance to do this (I just won't tell the kids what their eventual fate will be). So my questions: 1. My school is on a VERY tight budget, and I can't afford to purchase a new incubator can any of you suggest ways to either build one or find an affordable (less then $100) incubator that would allow students to observe eggs daily. 2. The chicks this year will be added to our flock of Dominiques (and one mutt chicken) - I want to keep our flock mostly dominiques so I plan to ask the breeder we got our hens from if I can drive down for some fertilized eggs but I am hoping to get a few different sized/colored eggs in there that will hatch out to good layers but of different sizes. I am hoping to have students make predictions about egg size/chick size egg color/chick color and what not. I am hoping to find some Eastereggers eggs (my daughter has specifically asked to add those to our flock) but I'm not sure what other breeds I should look at. P.S. I have posted here before when we first got our flock but I can't find my old screen name/password so I made a new one - hopefully that is okay.