In early March, Elaine and I ordered some heritage Buff Orpington eggs from The Fancy Chick (www.thefancychick.com) in California. We have always raised Rhode Island Reds, but we wanted to try another breed as we had heard that Buff Orpingtons were very gentle and people-friendly.
The chicks started trying to break through Tuesday evening, and we were awoken shortly after midnight on April Fool's Day. Actually, I should say that I awoke as I am a much lighter sleeper than Elaine is. I heard the just hatched chick scurrying around in the incubator and had to wake up Elaine for her to come see.
She didn't mind at all the rude awakening, and a second chick came into the world around 6:00 A.M. that morning. Right now, as I write, a third chick has poked a hole in its egg and is busily hammering away. We received 14 eggs from California, so we don't yet know how many will hatch, but it is with great fun - and anticipation - that we are studying the incubator.