I'm brand new to BYC, and we are getting ducks! We finally convinced (coerced) my husband, and have lots of space for them. I will apologize in advance, because I'll probably ask questions that have already been asked a million times, but everyone here seems so helpful! I was going to get day old ducklings, but then decided on Anconas and Magpies, and have two reputable people, one local and one within the state, with eggs. I ordered a circulated air hovabator and thought my kids woukd really enjoy and learn from the experience. I have read Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, various Internet articles, and several of the recommended how-tos on here about hatching and chick/duckling care. I thought I could handle it, but now I think I might be suffering from OVERinformation. I have so many concerns and no idea how people successfully hatch anything! My current questions are: Washing eggs before incubating - just see how they look, or automatically wash them? The 6 Ancona are being mailed...based on the incubating shipped eggs info on here, it seems like I should check air pockets and possibly incubate them in an egg carton if reattach mentioned needs to occur. Do I keep them in the carton the while time they are incubating? Do I need to spray mist the whole time of incubation? Once they (hopefully) hatch, do I keep them in the incubator until they dry? Do they just sit in the egg tray? I read somewhere you need a heat sink when only incubating a few eggs, such as a bottle of water in the incubator. If I have 14-15 eggs, do I need that? My most worrisome question...I don't want to have crowded ducks. If I incubate 15 eggs, 9 local and 6 shipped and do everything "right", how many can I realistically expect to hatch? I don't know that I have space if all 15 hatch, but don't want to count my ducks before they hatch (harhar) and only incubate eight. Sorry for the novel, I tend to overthink things. We're so excited! Except for the freaking out part.