Okay, I know that sounds odd but I would like to have a better hatch rate on my hatching eggs. DD says I touch them too much but how do you avoid that when you are gathering and then later candling? I do not use an incubator, I use my broody hens. My first few batches were great but the last 2 were terrible. The hens have almost fresh shavings in their nests as they always dig out the very fresh stuff. Is there web sites that tell you more about how to touch the eggs and handle them when collecting and candling? I wash my hands before I touch them. Should I use latex gloves? I think I did that with my first batch but it's been a long while and I'm not so sure now. I know about large eggs, small eggs, cracked eggs and have visited many sites on candling. But I just haven't read much about touching the eggs. Is it really so simple as just clean hands?