I am a total noob in this world of eggs! About me: I am an Aussie and live between Orange County CA and Negros Occidental in the Philippines. My wife and I are in the process of adopting 2 awesome kids in the Philippines – a process that will go on for another 3 years before we can all live back in USA. Mrs Ozexpat and the kids live on our 2.5 acre coconut farm right on the beach. We have pigs, goats a pair of turkeys, some ducks and several chickens. We also have one loan guinea fowl that was given to us. My brother in law had scores of them, gave all but 4 away just before we moved there. Three then just disappeared. The ducks are in auto mode and produce an abundance of offspring. The turkey is a hopeless mother and cant keep any of the one or two chicks she actually hatches alive past a few weeks. The chickens (currently about 9) are “native” and go broody instantly. In two years we have yet to eat an egg. Our “attrition” rate is high because any chickens that visit a neighbor get eaten by them. Add that to dogs that get in and we are lucky to maintain our flock at all. Free range has its downfalls in our neighborhood. Along with my 15 month old son, I was at the house last week and was enjoying a sunrise coffee overlooking the ocean as well as the morning parade of mother hens with their 2 or 3 chicks each go past the front of the house. Lorenzo greeted the Tom turkey and laughed. It was a wonderful sight. The hen turkey was brooding and sitting on a couple of eggs. I know she will fail again. Its time to remove some of the “Mother Nature” out of my quest for fresh eggs and increasing our flock. I read that TSA will let eggs on a plane. I will deal with Philippines department of Customs if they find my eggs in my carry on. I decided to buy an incubator to hatch chickens. I would move onto guinea fowls to “make” some friends for our lone hen. Once she has buddies to help her corner the rodents that enjoy our coconuts, the Dr Frankensein in me would move onto turkeys. Maybe even one day try a batch of peafowl to increase our menagerie. “It can’t be that hard can it?” I think naively. Throw a few eggs in the bator, wait the prescribed number of days and viola! I jump on Amazon, read review and order a styro-bator. Then I start my research. It looks like there is a little more to this as I discover you need to turn the eggs. I order an egg turner. Then a hydrometer. Then a second hydrometer. Then a scale. Now its still a little more complicated. As I said I live between the USA and Asia. I cannot be a full time mother hen. Mrs Ozexpat is a hands on mother but reserves that skill for our homo sapien adoptees. I have a gardener that lives on site and looks after the animals. I will have to impart all my knowledge of converting a fertilized egg into a fluffy living peep to him. Our gardener is a bright guy. He takes direction well. I just need to get over the language barrier and I know we will have eggs, chickens and all sorts of birds doing the 3 times per day parade around the house. This coming weekend I will get some cheap local California eggs and put them in the bator for my first science experiment. I will have three attempts before transferring the laboratory to Asia. I want to use local eggs so I remove the failures associated with shipped eggs. I don’t really care about breeds – as long as the eggs I transfer to the bator in the Philippines are those of chickens that lay eggs for the sake of laying them, not local chickens who’s genetic makeup tells them to go broody as soon as they no longer need to raise their previous chicks. I will make a proper chicken coop in the Phils along with a brooder unit so that I maximize the conversion to egg making machines. My biggest enemy in the Philippines will be humidity so the plan will be to start in there in the dry season – March to June. Dry season humidity drops to about 50%. This will coincide with the conclusion of the three attempts here. Call me crazy but I have read many a post here and I feel that I am not the only crazy one. I have had many crazy ideas that have transferred into successes. I am a born optimist. If any of you out there have experience in dealing with high humidity and no access to wonderful first world luxuries like air-conditioning and dehumidification machines, I would love to hear your comments.