My Mother died a few months ago and I got my Dad involved in incubating chicks with us He, along with my handicapped daughter have loved this process. Dad has had chickens for a few years now and he has a wonderland for chickens. He has always wanted a polish. Sure we can order one but a sweet man we all just met has a full bred male and female white crested black and has given us eggs. I am going to start incubating eggs tomorrow. I have been researching but just don't get it. They do not hatch their own eggs so artificial hatch is recommended however hatch rates are low. It mentions not having a cool down period as the Brinsea usually does but the article that I read is not clear at all and was written out of England. We have a Brinsea mini advance. Is there any advice you all can give? Do I eliminate the cool down period or incubate at cooler or warmer temps? The important question is the eggs are quite dirty. I have never washed my eggs to keep from removing the outer cuticle but I have never had eggs this dirty either. Please give any advice you have. I want these to hatch so badly for my Dad. Yes we can order one from somewhere but he has loved hatching the chicks we have hatched so much. Thanks guys.