3 Weeks ago I lent my LG forced air 'bator to some friends so their kids could see a hatch. I gave them a mixed batch of 12 eggs from my flock, not expecting more than 6 or 7 to hatch, since they have never hatched eggs before (or even had chickens to care for) I gave them a 2 page instruction sheet and stayed in touch. Of course I gave them the BYC link so they could do more research and have the support and collective knowlege of all the wonderful people here! To my suprise, and despite a 107 degree, 6 hour temp spike, AND a 3 day too early lockdown- ALL 12 HATCHED and SURVIVED!!! I am soooo pleased!! Of course they are in love with the chicks, they went and bought a bunch of supplies to care for them for a week or so and then the babies are coming home to us. I am well on my way to converting some great city slickers into bonafied, countryfied, chicken owners! Woooo Whooo!! psssssst- If anyone nearby Auburn would like a few mixed chicks, pm me, I wasnt planning on so many hatching and will have about 6 that need a new home- Freeeeeeeee!! All have an Australorpe dad, and the moms are either my mixed breed hen, an Australorpe hen, or an EE hen. All but 2 chicks are black with some yellow, 2 are all yellow.