First timer setting eggs here. The post office called at 6 AM and my husband answered. They weren't open yet but the nice lady said she would let him come get them early. So my daughter wakes me up and says "Daddy went to get the eggs ..." Wow, and no phone call or email as I expected. Eggs werent supposed to be here till the 22 and that was what I thought would be a tentative date...so no place figured out yet for drafts, temp consistency, and hadnt checked humidity information or levels with water in the Bator. (There are a few lessons in this for me.) This would be lesson 1. Eggs are subject to laying status. I guess that means ballpark delivery dates. Doh. I had ordered another incubator. As from many postings I have read the one I had gotten originally would be problematic and would require a fan to increase effectiveness. I also ordered hatching eggs. The incubator I ordered to replace it, is delayed. The eggs were not. It will be here the 29th. Credit card denied because the business was out of state and it was labeled as a suspicious purchase by our bank. Twice. Over four days. This was lesson number 2. Make sure the incubator you want to use is in your hot little hands before you order the dream eggs you wanted. So in Hubby walks with eggs. They shipped two extra. I was pleased. I opened the box and it had that nifty soft foam holes cut in large soft foam foam blocks. The eggs are small so I gently pull one out. Wanted to check they were in large side up. Egg busts in my fingertips. Shatters. Poof, gone. And then there were 13. There's a lesson in here, but I'm not sure what it is. Moved a bunch of furniture, placed Bator in corner of room away from windows and vents. Shut vent to room. Set house heat to 68, run run run. Raced around dogs and cats and kiddo. Lesson number 3. Get it done way in advance when nobodies around. So I wait 13 hours to place them in the pre warmed and fussed over incubator. All 3 thermometers read differently. Fantastic. One is digital. Going with that reading. Lesson number 4. Calibrate and verify before hand and use ONE thermometer. Spot check with another. When pulling eggs out of foam block , foam block came up and eggs remained down. All fell gently to their sides. Is this okay? Or are they messed up now? Ugh. So thats it for now. Im a lot more stressed because Im a first timer and this hasnt been my best showing of effort or foresight. Please tell me they still have hope.