My name is Lori, I have just started my journey with hatching eggs. My girls always wanted to do it, and I have always wanted a duck or goose that imprinted on me. Well, I had considered it just a pipe dream, I have never raised poultry before. My girls are now 20 and 26 and have been pestering me, When Mom? When are we going to do this? And so it starts, a friend came to my house with an unexpected present, a cayuga duck egg. I had no equiptment, so I made a makeshift incubator out of a heating pad, an aquarium and a lid and a fish thermometer. He made it till right before the hatch, and then nothing, we were all devistated, my daughter had already named it My response was, "This is why I didnt do this when you guys were little!" So I bought an incubator, still air, proper humidity and temperaturre thermometers, and I ordered 6 cayuga eggs from ebay. Eight eggs came, we are on day 23 there are 4 left.They all seem to be doing well, Fully dark with nice air cells. My question is, out of these 4 can expect how many to die? Another question. 7 out of the 8 eggs were medium sized and ranged from grey to green, except one. One egg is very, very small, almost half the size of the others, and round, not oblong. I have no idea about the differences in duck eggs, but could this lady have made the extra 2 eggs another type of duck?? To me it looks like a call duck egg. Will it be ok on the Cayuga lock down schedule? They say lock down calls at 23, cayuga at 25, I was going to do 24. I want to make sure I give them all the best chance. Any ideas?