I am so bummed out over my latest incubator project I had to cry on someone's shoulder!! Did a hatch on 5/8 of 40 of our own chicken eggs and 38 hatched. I was thrilled. When they hatched we were given 11 turkey eggs and I bought a dozen Delaware and a dozen Barred Rock eggs online. They turned out pretty good with l0 turkeys hatching, l0 Delawares and 7 Barred Rocks. These last two breeds were shipped to me and I was pleased at the hatch rate for being shipped. Then I got over confident and put in some eggs from our Brown Chinese gander and Embden goose (she laid them all over the place and would not set). Also bought 3 Pilgrim eggs so they could go in with our two goose eggs. I had just purchased 2 male and 2 female Pilgrims about 2 weeks old. Twenty-eight days later one of our eggs hatched and all the Pilgrims were ready to explode (smelly and weeping) so I tossed them. They were filthy dirty and I should not have purchased them. I found another source for Pilgrim eggs and bought 3 on E-Bay and had 2 more of our eggs laid at the same time they arrived. I candled them all after 7 days and could definitely see blood vessels & eye and later pulsation in two of ours and two of the Pilgrims - I was elated. I was hand turning them about 2 or 3 times a day and spraying to keep moist as well as keeping humidity about 50 - 60%. Before I locked it down for the last 3 days I candled again and saw no signs of life as before in any of the Pilgrim eggs. At the 28th due day one of ours hatched. I checked the others and one Pilgrim egg had lots of gray liquid sloshing around so I tossed it. The other egg I can see feathers at the edge of the air sac but no sign of life. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. I'm going to leave it in for another couple of days (today is day #30) but I KNOW it is dead inside. The other egg of ours started to smell (I could sniff the decay on the outside of the shell) so opened it and it was a fully formed very dead gosling. Now I have one sweet baby who is all alone which breaks my heart. I pick him/her up several times a day for a cuddle but he will have no company of his kind growing up. Don't think I am going to try goose eggs again - I am obviously not very good at it. But wouldn't you know the home crosses would hatch but the expensive Pilgrims did not??? Such is life. I feel like such a failure at this except for our own two babies hatched which are 5 weeks apart in age. I don't even have any baby chicks his size to keep him company.