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I HAVE BEEN HATCHING EGGS FORĀ  40 YEARS NOW AND HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS THAT I HAVE LEARNED. YOU CAN BUY EGGS AND HAVE THEM MAILED TO YOU AND DEPENDING ON SHIPPING AND HANDLING AT THE POST OFFICE AND FERTILITY YOU CAN HAVE A GOOD HATCH RATE. AFTER YOU RECEIVE THE EGGS IN THE MAIL LET THE EGGS REST 8 TO 24 HOURS BEFORE PUTTING THEM IN THE INCUBATOR. THE EGGS SHOULD BE POINTED SMALL END DOWN ALSO. YOU SHOULD RUN YOUR INCUBATOR FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS AND MAKE SURE THAT IT HOLDS THE CORRECT TEMPERATURE BEFORE PUTTING THE EGGS INTO HATCH. MOISTURE IS ALSO NECESSARY TO KEEP THE BIRD FROM STICKING TO THE INSIDE OF THE EGG SHELL. I CHECK THE WATER EVERYDAY AND ALSO I USE A SPRAY BOTTLE AND LIGHTLY MIST MY EGGS ESPECIALLY THE DUCK EGGS WITH WARM WATER EVERYDAY. WHICH IS WHAT THE MOTHER DUCK DOES WHEN SHE IS SETTING ON THE EGGS. I HAVE USED A AUTOMATIC TURNER AND TURNED THEM BY HAND AND BOTH WORK OK AS LONG AS YOU STOP TURNING THEMĀ  3 DAYS BEFORE THE HATCH. WHEN YOU TURN THE EGGS BY HAND MAKE SURE AND WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE TOUCHING THE EGGS. I ALSO MARK THE EGGS WITH X'S AND O'S SO THAT I WILL MAKE SURE AND KEEP THEM TURNED 3 TO 4 TIMES A DAY. I DO NOT WASH THE EGGS BEFORE SETTING THEM BECAUSE IT CAN REMOVE THE PROTECTIVE COATING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE EGG AND LET IN BACTERIA