hi.... i am from middle tennessee and just started raising chicks this spring. started with 78 chicks and 16 guinea for the sole purpose of cutting back the tick population around my house. I fell in love with my babies while they were in the brooder. sadly my fairly large flock of poultry has been reduced to 3... due to crows and a fox. i have 1 RIR Roo 1 white leghorn hen and 1 b.b. red banty hen. my banty hen just started setting eggs and abandoned nest so now i am incubating 10 eggs for the first time in a home made incubator. thank you to every one here at BYC for providing so much helpful info. i have been on this website for 3 straight days...lol! i think now with the help of BYC my banty eggs may have a fighting chance!