we typically cover with grippy shelf liner.....$1/roll at dollar store....did you check with calibrated thermometers and salt-tested hygrometers?Yes, it's my first batch of quail eggs. I got them online at strombergs or somthing. It's a new incubator too. Seems to be working great except I'm a little nervous for when they hatch and are on that plastic mesh thing. Idk how small their feet are so they might fall between the squares or something. Any suggestions? Thanks!