I have never heard of anyone naming their eggs before!
Glad your home Aussie!
I did the NPIP school in St Cloud yesterday. I would have learned a lot if not for the fact I refuse to learn more than one thing a day,
I have decided the one thing I have learned is egg cleanliness. I have believed what I was told and what I read on here about eggs.
Nearly everyone hear says you cannot wash hatching eggs. The told us at the school the eggs should be washed in 105 degree water and wiped with a solution of 1 ounce of chlorine to 1 gallon of water. They said unseen contaminants on the outside of the egg can cause a lower hatch rate. Also by washing them you decrease the chance of an exploding egg.
SO I am going to do that from now on, I have not been happy with lightly sanding the eggs. Hopefully it will work. They also do not want us hatching in the same room as we incubate in. They will not approve your "hatchery" if you do that. Of course, they want so many things I may not get approved anyways. A lot of what they taught was not geared toward us little backyard people. But it was all interesting.
They want waterfowl a LONG ways from other birds, they do not want 2 species together, they do not like wild bird feeders. And one of the guys insisted I would have blackhead because my turkeys and Chickens live together. He kept saying as soon as it rains and the earthworms come to the surface they will eat them and die.
He did not believe me when I said I do not have 6 earthworms on my whole farm, and I doubt I have one. He said earthworms are everywhere. I told him he was welcome to come and try and find one. He refused my generous offer.
All in all it was a good day.
My hatch went on at home without me, only one white sport, all but 1 of the SS hatched.