I was wondering why most people hatch out their chickies only in the Spring and not other times of the year ? It is because that's when the weather warms up and the hens start laying eggs again ? Since we're in sunny FL, our winters are very mild. So, our hens do lay eggs even in the winters, just not as many. We were thinking of starting to hatch out just a few more eggs. It seems one breed is getting pretty popular as a desired breed that a lot seem to want (our maran hens). So, to play it safe, my husband wanted to keep a back up hen and actually have more egg laying maran hens for more chocolate-colored eggs. Plus we do owe the previous owner of the pair a hen in exchange for the pair. We might be selling our last 2 maran pullets today. And if she doesn't buy 2, another lady is calling tomorrow to check if one pullet is still available. So we decided to start hatching out maybe 10 more maran eggs (to hopefully get 5 hens). It would be nice to get some more blue marans too. The chickies are so adorable (like little penguins - because of the black and white coloring on the chickies) and it's such a small number to raise inside the house. So, whenever he collects an egg (maybe today or tomorrow or the next day), and the temperature of the incubator is where it needs to be (he likes it at 99.5 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but I had good success with the temp. at 102 degrees Fahrenheit when I was hatching out eggs before passing on the duties to my son), we will start incubating. I was just wondering if there was another reason besides just the weather of the chicken breeders' geographical area (typical fall and cold winters with snow). I guess we're so lucky to be able to hatch eggs whenever we have them. I love FL and would never move. The weather is usually nice and cheerful (because it's sunny). Although hurricanes are kind of bad weather to deal with. That's why our chicken coops are built the way they are, to hopefully withstand hurricanes as well as keep out predators (rebar in the bottom beams and supporting leg beams sunken in way into the ground). Anyone else hatching eggs other than in Spring ?