I put in my order in February or March, since my 1 year old hens seemed to have no intention of going broody. Well, ok, I confess!!! I wanted MORE chickens! 12 just didn't seem like enough, and I wanted more colors! Anyway, this week my Silver Laced Wyandotte, Tilly, decided to give hatching another go (she tried before but I meddled with her and she got mad and quit). This time, I won't try to move her. She seems set on hatching her chicks in box #2, and wants to be left ALONE. So I have already ordered 12 chicks, and agreed to the free extra. Now Tilly's got eggs, and who knows how many she will hatch, or how many extra chicks the hatchery will put in (last time I got 3 extra pullets!). So it looks like my chicken population will MORE than double in less than 3 weeks!!! How many will I get? What will my mutts look like? Mysteries! I love the surprizes! Anyone care to guess? Here's what I have: Roosters- Indigo, the Blue Andalusian (black) he is the dominant roo because he's a pushy little butt-head and Crimson doesn't feel the need to put him in his place. Crimson, the Blue Laced Red Wyandotte (splash) He is older and mellower. He is HUGE but seldom enforces the pecking order (I don't think he has to!) and I think some of the girls like him better. Hens- 4 Columbian Wyandottes, flighty and stupid, the most likely of the hens to be the ones who lay on the floor instead of the boxes 2 Gold Laced Wyandottes, more likely to have eggs fertilized by Crimson since he is a little possessive of them. 2 Black Jersey Giants, I love these girls, but no guesses there! Rufus, the Barred Rock, Again, no guesses Tilly, the Silver Penciled Wyandotte, the mother. ONE of the eggs has to be hers, right? I hope to get an egg count tonight... but I invite guesses of number and color/breed- I promise to post pics when they hatch!