Well...it has been quite some time since I have posted, though I do read post frequently. Anyhow, I got a bator for Christmas and today I set it up. I have it running to make sure everything is in check. I am waiting on the arrival of 12 Buff Orp eggs. I am guessing they will arrive Wednesday or Thursday. How Exciting. My kids 4 & 6 can't wait to see little chicks hatch. I sure hope they make it. This will be my first time so if anyone has pointers, it would be greatly appreciated. I am using the Genesis Hova-bator 1588. Instructions seem pretty straight foward. I think I read somewhere about letting eggs rest after shipping? 6-24 hours pointed end down? Also wondering how many people are candling at day 5 or so? It scares me to think about opening the bator and losing too much heat, however I would be so curious to see if any veins had formed. OK thats enough rambling for now .....I will have to wait and see. I day at a time.