I know that getting shipped hatching eggs is a big risk, but I have not found any local breeders. I have mostly hatchery birds and now want to try birds from individual breeders. I have done a good bit of research and read many post on BYC and other sites. After receiving the eggs I have read to let them rest for 12-24 hours. A good hatch rate would be about 45%....right? I have already set my first batch (01/01/11) and I'm looking at 29-30% hatch rate as of today. I don't have a broody right now so I am currently using the method of incubation taught me from as far back as I can remember. Laying the eggs flat with a big X on one side and a big O on the other, and turning them 3 times a day. I have recently come across the egg carton method. I have read that cutting the tops and bottoms out for best result from some, and to tilt the eggs from side to side 3 times a day. I just don't know which method would be better with shipped eggs. Which method would be better with shipped eggs....laying flat...or...egg carton? If egg carton......what type of egg carton?.....paper, plastic, or foam? Should I use the egg carton through the entire incubation?.....or up until lockdown?....or only during lockdown? Any help/advice/opinions are welcome.