My wife and I are thinking about starting to hatch out some chicks, but I had a few questions. First, can you arrest or delay the fertile egg from developing in order to get enough eggs to put into incubation and how, if you are only starting out with lets say about 3-6 hens? Second, which incubator is best for a small scale start to hatch out both chickens and duck eggs? I am only wanting to hatch out certain breeds....only 2 chicken breeds to be specific and 1 duck breed and only a few hens of the chickens and 1 mating pair of ducks. For practical reasons, I only want to hatch Leghorns and Buff Orpingtons as the chicken breeds. The duck breed we want to hatch is Silver Appleyards, due to the fact we have a female that we absolutely adore and my wife would like to bring more of those to people where we live. Like I said, I only want to do small scale right now, to me that means about 6 leghorns hens and 1 rooster, 3-6 Buffs and 1 rooster, and just the one pair of ducks. Any suggestions and feedback would be appreciated.