Okay, I'll admit it. I've never incubated eggs before. We've always got new chicks from the store or from friends. The closest we got to incubating was when we slipped fertile eggs uner our broody hen. About a year ago we got a Hova-Bator Circulated Air model with an auto egg turner (I think we got it for like $20). Today I discovered that a wonderful gentleman that belonged to this forum years before I had chickens, lives just a few streets over and has about 50 hens. He gave me a clutch of 7 (hopefully) fertile eggs to hatch out. Here are the eggs: All the eggs have a purebred Ameraucana rooster as a father. From top left: Brown - no idea Two white: Best guess: maybe silver laced polish, Black Spanish, or Blue Andalusian. Two big green/brown: 1/4 Maran 3/4 Ameraucana Two light blue: 100% Ameraucana Here is the Hova-Bator: Now, my questions: 1) I have 3 thermometers in there right now. The "metal" mercury filled one that came with it says the temp is 99.5. The digital one and the house one that is mercury, both say around 96. Who do I believe? 2) The auto turner: It seems to turn VERY slowly, but constantly... does this sound right? 3) The motor on the turner is VERY warm (hot) to the touch. Is that right? 4) I've got lots of room in this thing. Will I have better success if I space them out or should I just group them all together? Any other last words before I pop in some eggs?