Santa came early for us. He was driving a big brown truck and dropped off our long awaited Brinsea 20 Advance this week...! Since we'll be doing a little traveling here and there during the coming weeks, we plan to pick up our eggs and start them on Dec 31. Hatching our own eggs will be a new adventure for us so I'm hunting around for good online resources for anything related to hatching chicks if any of you have any links to share (of course we already have BYC learning pages bookmarked). I also have a few questions... -- We have the auto-turner for our incubator. Aside from regularly adding water to keep the humidity level correct, how often should we opening the incubator and checking/handling the eggs? I read that the less the incubator is opened the better, but then I also read that opening & checking daily (and also needing to add water sometimes twice daily) is necessary. Whats the happy medium? How often are you opening yours for whatever reason? -- We live in a drafty old cold farmhouse. Any tips from those in similar situations on keeping the incubator warm so its not overworking itself? (We have an insulation idea we may test before we get the eggs). Our house thermostat is set at 54. We wear sweaters... -- How often should we be candling the eggs? And whats a good make-it-yourself candling method? (We will be hatching brahmas, ameraucanas and marans so we are dealing with 3 different egg colors. I guess the marans may be trickiest to candle?) Any other thoughts, suggestions, ideas, resource links, etc are highly appreciated!