Just wanted to poll the general chickie rearing population to see who else is collecting eggs for the incubator right now? So far, we have 1 Black-Breasted Red Old English Red Game bantam egg in the incubator. I hope we get more eggs in the future so this chickie won't grow up so lonely being just one. We have 3 Marans chickies that are growing up. We will be hatching more Ameraucana eggs on Nov. 21st. She is still laying eggs, but we are isolating the pair for a whole month to ensure paternity. We are waiting for quite a few more hens to start laying. My memory doesn't serve me so well. I can't remember who was laying last winter ? We didn't start breeding until the following March when each breed finally had it's own breeding pen. Anyone else out there incubating eggs now from chickens that live outdoors ? (I'm sure chickens might lay better being indoors where you can extend their daytime hours with artificial lighting. Isn't that what cues them to lay or not ?) Easter is the big time of the year to sell chickies/chickens ? We want to be prepared so we don't disappoint our customers ! Maybe I'm just looking for a chickie rearing buddy/comrade.... I can't be the only one trying to raise chickies now.....what better way to spend the winter than watching chickies grow up !