Poked around here for a bit of info, hoping to get any more advice people have! For the past year, I have been helping a coworker with his baby African Grey? geese (I call them OURS) by saving him produce scraps to feed them. Now they are all grown up, and he is getting eggs! He offered me chicks last season, but I declined, knowing the reaction I would get from the boyfriend. This year, he showed up with an unfertilized egg and asked me if I wanted some. I told him I want some fertilized ones! I figure the boyfriend would be *less* opposed to some *harmless* eggs... (heehee...) So my coworker said he would get me 3 (he said I want two geese to hatch, they get lonely). I don't have the eggs yet, but I expect them soon. Remembering the homemade incubators from elementary school (plywood box, straw, towels, heat lamp) I didn't think hatching them would be too hard with an old terrarium and heating pad I had lying around. Seems I am underestimating what I am getting myself into! I am not looking for a major investment, just a no-nonsense way to hatch 3 goose eggs. I don't mind turning them, but can't while at work (will be 9-12 hours I am away from home, no one will be home to turn them. Can turn them more on days off, obviously.) People seem to differ in opinion regarding turning and air circulation anyways, so I am not sure where I should be looking. Some guides I read said to not open the incubator to turn them, other people say they hand turn them, and others don't turn them at all! I didn't think I even needed a fancy incubator (I am a bit surprised to find eggs are so picky considering how harsh the wild is...), but I can throw $50 into essentials like a thermometer and heat lamp. I saw people talking about little giants and such, but it seems they need a lot of accessories and tweaking? Maybe I can build one with a styrofoam cooler for cheaper? Only three eggs here, and turners are for tons of eggs (and expensive!). I was thinking I could set them nestled loosely in towels and just tip the incubator to roll them over? Hova Bators also seem to come highly recommended... For better results, should I also maybe have my coworker keep the eggs with mom until they only have a couple weeks left? In terms of AFTER they hatch... well, I have plenty of produce scraps I can take them I live in a very mild climate area, and am more concerned about shading them in summer than keeping them warm. I figured I could just stick them in the backyard, they can eat my weeds for me! I don't have a lawn and can put some chicken coop wire around my garden beds to keep them out. Do they need a kiddy pool or pond year round, or will they be happy with plenty of drinking water? Will make them a nice little lean-to as well for shade, stick some straw in it. That was my original plan for shelter. I don't have any other animals, and I can always give them back to my coworker if it doesn't work out (he knows lots of people who like birds). I am also wondering if I have enough space? How much do they need? My backyard is... I don't know... maybe 1000 square feet? Lots of shade, high fences all around so predators won't even be able to get in (unless house cats are that bold/stupid to torment geese?). Coworker said they are super low maintenance, which is important. I need to be able to leave them to their own devices for a few days at a time if I leave town. I even have a nice side of the house that is completely shaded, lots of weeds, where I can stick a small fence segment and make a 'goose run' if they need to be contained for any reason! Anywho, advice for this (potential) new goose owner is appreciated!