So for the very first time I started eggs incubating yesterday. 26 buff orpington eggs, shipped from northern Iowa to southeast Iowa so not too far. I have to say that already, all the posts on here have been amazingly helpful! I set up my brand new Little Giant incubator about 5 days ago just to give myself plenty of time to get the temperature set right, and due to the advice I found on this site, (I think it was purple chicken who did a thread about the little giant?) I got the temp stable within 4 hours and it has stayed since! I did not spring for the auto turner, maybe next time, we'll see. I have them in styrofoam egg cartons, large end up. I added just a half teaspoon of water to the bottom because we burn with wood and our house stays pretty dry. I have ordered a digital thermometer/hygrometer and expect it to be here by Tues. or so. I will attempt to make my own little wiggler for it, again, from what I found on here as advice. You all are a fantastic group with a lot of experience and helpful advice. If I have any success with this batch of eggs, I will owe it to the info from this site.