Thanks to chicken math and the lack of control cheerleader here on BYC we decided to add to our flock. I perfer local raised over hatchery chicks, but no one had the Black Copper Maran chicks locally. It was a perfect excuse to buy an incubator....chicken math strikes again. We bought a Little Giant incubator for my daughter off Craigslist. I added a computer fan and power supply to the incubator. We picked up an egg turner and a couple digital thermometer and hygrometers off fleabay. I found a BYC member in my area to get eggs from. While waiting for her girls to lay we were offered local eggs from a small farm who also raises specialty breeds. He gave us a tour of the farm, his breeding pens and all the different species he has. He has ringneck pheasants to Speckled Susex. We got 2 dozen eggs, 12 Cucko Maran, 9 Laced Wyandotts and 3 turkey eggs. The turkey eggs are a possible maybe at best. I preparation we cleaned the incubator, put the egg turner in, added the digital and analog thermometers and fired it up. After getting it adjusted and stable over a couple days we were finally ready. With the turkey eggs we should of set them a week ahead of the other eggs, but there was no way I could have restrained my 10 year old daughter that long. This morning my daughter and I set our first eggs. Wish them (the eggs) luck that we don't do something stupid. I printed her out a calender with what and when marked on it and went over the DO NOT TOUCH parts of the incubator. The incubator is in my cellar room that has my fish tanks in it. There are no windows or heating elements in the room so the temp is very stable at 68* and 55%. **** is it going to be a long wait till day 7, when we get to candle. Picture father and daughter with absolutly no patience, just ask the wife and mother........who has none herself.