Hi all, I have done a load of reading into having chickens, raising from eggs etc, but still have questions. Not all about incubating and hatching, but hopefully its ok in one post in this section.... 1) I received and incubator from a friend. I understand that the humidity is very important, but how do you measure it? The incubator has a thermometer but no humidity meter. Should i buy one and put it in the incubator? If so, does anybody have a link to where i can buy one small enough? 2) I have been looking on ebay at brooders. I have seen brand name one which are just heat lamps i guess, with a little pen. This makes sense to me - chics run in and out from under the heat lamp for when they are hot/cold. However, i have read that i should reduce the temp by 5 degrees each week - this unit only has three temp settings..... how necessary is the 5 degrees a week? 3) The cheaper option is to make my own, or buy a DIY kit from ebay for £20. These are just boxes with a basic heat lamp. But i am confused as to how they work - with a lid, surely the chics can't run to a cool area.....as they are in a box with a lid?! 4) Some of the DIY brooders come with a humidity meter....but i didn't think humidity was important during brooding?! 5) Reducing by 5 degrees a week is fine, but eventually i'll end up at room temp. How do i prepare them for the great outdoors and its fluctuating temp?! 6) A friend reminded me of an extremely basic fact that i had some how over looked.....raising from eggs could mean i get loads of cocks, not all chickens! So a) are all cocks noisy? b) Can they live with chickens ok and allow me to still eat the eggs....i.e. if they have been fertilised?! c) I am not one to ring a chickens neck and have it for dinner, so what can i do with the cocks if the above questions don't produce the answers i'm looking for? Thanks very much!!