I have some hatching eggs due to arrive the end of this week. Now that its getting closer, I'm getting nervous. I'm letting my girls do the work seeing I don't have an incubator. My hopes are that the chicks will be accepted easier if one of the girls hatches them. The girls are a year old and this will be the first hatch for them. Well, me, too. I've been doing searches and haven't found answers to all of my questions, so hopefully you guys can help me out. Almost all of the egg hatching info is incubator related. I've read that when the eggs arrive I should let them set for 24 hours with the small end down to keep the air cell at the top. Seeing the eggs are supposed to be rotated even before incubation, should I be changing the angle of the eggs during this first 24 hours? When I place the eggs in the nest box, do I need to put them in so the point is at least down somewhat? Is there anything I need to do once the girls take over until hatching? I've read about exploding eggs and how they can contaminate the other eggs. Is there some way I can tell if the eggs are filling up with bacteria? Will disturbing the eggs be a problem for which ever of my girls decides to set on them? How long do I leave the eggs in there before I can safely tell they aren't going to hatch? Thanks. I do appreciate the time you spend answering. I can't even begin to imagine how much stuff I'd be messing up without you guys?