Nothing new, just me confused again After going through the incubating and hatching threads and then reading the sticky on hatching and then searching about hatching, I am confused as to what I need to be doing if I want to try and incubate. My Olivia has been laying for a couple of months now but Dips only recently started doing the deed correctly, so we finally have fertile eggs. I took almost 30 eggs out of her nest 12 days ago (the first were on the verge of exploding ) and after checking her nest yesterday she has 10 eggs. My husband wants a few more ducks before winter but we don't know thing about incubating duck eggs. Olivia is sitting sometimes and not other times. She was on the nest when I took my daughter to school but was off an hour later when I left for work and she was back on at lunch but will likely be off when I get home again. I know because that has been her pattern for the last few days. She doesn't sleep on them but she does get on them for about an hour or so in the evenings. So I'm betting she won't be a reliable sitter So I guess what I am asking is what do I need to know about incubation? This is the information that I pulled out after going through about 100 threads (I think I over thought this): Temperature: 99-101, Humidity: 55-65%, turn 3X per day but lay flat not at an angle like chickens, lock down at 24 days then increase temp to 102 and humidity to 75-80% What I don't get is some threads said to take the lid off for about an hour or two every day to let them cool? That was kind of strange but maybe I was reading something different than what was meant. Better yet forget the incubation help, does someone have a broody chicken I can borrow?