I made a deal with my aunt that if she ordered some leghorn hatching eggs for me, I'd return the favor with some started silkie pullets when I was able to start breeding them. She agreed, and my 13 rose-comb brown leghorn eggs arrived yesterday! (I ordered 12, but they sent an extra) Candling revealed some minor air cell issues. Nothing like some of the horror stories I've seen regarding shipped eggs, so I'm hopeful for the best. My incubator fits 41 eggs at a time, so I filled out the remaining spots with mutt eggs from my own mixed flock. Since I plan on selling pullets in the spring, I decided I may as well get as many chicks out of this hatch as I can. I let the shipped eggs rest for about 24 hours before putting them into the incubator this morning, along with the mutt eggs I'd gathered from my flock. The due date is October 14. As you can see, I have a wide variety of chickens in my flock. The chicks that hatch from these could be any number of mixes from more than 30 different breeds (as well as any number of mutts that are already in my flock). Many of the chicks that hatch from this brood will be third generation offspring from my own flock--something I find to be really cool! The pullets that result from this mix could lay just about any egg color except for pure white or dark chocolate brown, but it's completely the luck of the draw what genetic mix I'll end up with. I made a point to collect as many eggs from my older birds as I could, since they have proven to be healthy hens with solid laying habits, but I also included a lot of eggs from hens who just started laying over the past couple of months. I will keep you posted on their development! ---Edit for clarification--- This isn't my first incubation ever--just my first incubation with shipped eggs! I've incubated several broods of chicks since I got the incubator for my birthday in January, but they were always with my home-grown mutt eggs. Sorry for any confusion!