I am sure that this forum sees many threads like mine, someone strolling into your midst with no clue as to what they are doing. In an effort to rectify this I have been browsing through as much as I could to glean advice where possible. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any threads relating to "rookie mistakes" and as such would appreciate any advice that you could offer. I am scared that I am going to kill my potential future geese with too much love and not much sense. How did I end up in this position though? Well that is quite a story... I am a South African and work as an environmental manager for a rather large engineering company. We are currently dismantling STS Cranes for our client as one of our contracts. This is an STS Crane. They service container ships. Huge. Me? Afraid of heights. Can you see where this is going? Contractor calls me and says that there is a pair of nesting Egyptian Geese at the top of the crane. I call the SPCA to come and do a removal, which they agree to do. 3hrs later I get a call back from the SPCA saying that they are just too busy and that we should destroy the eggs. Now I don't mind having to do this kind of thing. It is often my job to do so but... We work very hard to get the contractors to get to a point where they will actually pick up the phone and call us if there is a problem. Destroying the eggs would only affirm in their minds that the environment is not important. I must add at this time that the crane is actively being cut up from the bottom up, these geese are going to get killed if they don't scram. So I ended up climbing up the crane (with my safety harness- thank goodness), fighting off poor Mother Goose and carrying down all eight eggs - which were icy. Not surprising since it is winter here. I went home, bashed together a rudimentary incubator out of an two old cardboard boxes. The first night was rough with a high temp that may have caused some damage but I have managed to keep the eggs at a constant 99F ever since. I candled the eggs on day 1 to see what I was dealing with and they looked very much like Pete 55's thread said it should at the first stages. Does this mean that they may not have been warmed enough to start the development process? Or that mother goose wasn't very good at sitting? I put a bowl of water and a lappie in the incubator for humidity but I don't have any way to tell if it is effective or not. I also marked them with permanent marker and only afterward thought that it might be dangerous. It was at this point that I realized that I need some help. I don't know small stuff, like whether permanent marker is okay or not. I hope that you guys don't mind me picking your brains? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.