I want to thank everyone who has posted information about hatching eggs...and a big thank you to those who posted all the wonderful plans for homemade incubators. I'm new ...only having gotten my first chickens in June 2013. Because of the good advice here, I only lost one and that was to a dog. Now I've built an incubator and I'm thrilled to say 9 out of the 12 eggs have little moving chicks in them! . This has been so fun for me and my 8 year old daughter. ...and here I thought if I got 4 I'd be happy! Thanks again for this fantastic site!!