Althought I have rasied ducks and geese for 25 years, I only bought an incubator this season. I bought most of the eggs I set, some being posted and others picked up by myself from local farms. I had many mixed results from 4 different settings, and had done things a little different each time as I tweeked my machine and gained experience. I was placing most of the eggs into an automatic turner where they sat with the fatter end- air sac facing upwards. However the last hatch- I decided to hand turn after one breeder told me she has more sucess this way, as the eggs are in a more natural possition. I am certainly glad I did as I had the best hatch rate of all my settings. I was just wondering if anyone else has ever found that hand turning eggs has resulted in a better hatch rate- or if you get better hatch rates with them up right in an auto turner. Would love to hear from anyone who has tried both ways- and had better hatch results from either.