Here are some pics of our first hatch for the spring of 2009. Mostly our Rhode Island Reds, some Barred Rocks crossed with our RIR roos and also a couple Buff Orps and GL Wynandottes mixed in for fun. We set 36 eggs, pulled 10 quitters by day 18 from the bator, had 7 no shows that were almost fully developed and one unfortunate that pipped but died. Now we have 18 chicks bouncing around in the brooder in our basement. I was happy to see that the RIRxBR cross is as easy as they said it would be to sex at day old. The male has a white dot on the back of his head and the 4 pullets are all black. Anyways, this first hatch was just an experiment being so early in the spring and all, we were pleased to get 50% hatch this early. I cleaned up the Hovabator after the hatch and also fired up a homemade unit my son helped me make last week. We are gonna set our next bunch of unsold eggs before they get too old. Here's to spring!