I suck at hatching eggs, when I say I suck. I SUCK. have succeeded in hatching 4 out of almost 300 eggs and 1 had club foot. When I was a kid my grandpop hatched out like a king. I can only ever remember him looseing 1 or 2 eggs a hatch. The incubator is a vintage 40's round metal incubator with the knob on top. so in order to turn the eggs you have to take the whole top off. I have thought my failure was that the incubator is to old and they loose heat every time you take the top off to turn the eggs, but it worked for my grandpop. I have been reading every post on hatching eggs. I am working up the courage to try again. most of my failure is comes in the last 7 days of hatch. I plan on getting a cabinet incubator this winter for next spring, but would really like to be able to hatch out eggs in this old incubator. my grand pop bought this incubator shortly after buying the farm. So it comes down to a pride thing to continue on something he started and I would like to pass it on to my kids before they move out. there is no window to look into to see the thermostat so you have to open it up. also for moisture you have to use a small bowl of water. I plan on my first run being chickens, then switching over to ducks. any help, suggestions is greatly appreciated. should I try dry incubation?