First off, thank you for all the wonderful advice on this site. I have probably read over 500 threads in the last two months. I live out in the country with numerous pets and two small boys, but no "farm" animals. In late April, my husband found a turkey egg in the lawn (ironically he hunts turkeys). Well, has a mother I couldn't just throw it out, so I did my best with the advice on here. I didn't want to commit to buying any equipment for one turkey egg, but I didn't want to give in absolutely no chance. It became kind of an obsession! I had no incubator and put it in with my bearded dragon (he is a runt and the egg was half his size so he ignored it). The temperature was optimal, but the humidity was obviously not. It actually grew from a totally clear candled egg to a couple of weeks old (I cracked it opened after I was sure it had died and the kids and I buried it). After that, and a ton of research, I was obsessed with the idea of hatching and owning ducks as pets. So my wonderful husband agreed to help me (and is building me a duck pen ), and I now have 5 cayuga/pekin mixes and one runner in an incubator. It has been kind of surprising to learn of the desire for pureblood breeds in the duck world, which contradicts what I've encountered in the dog world. Our pure bread Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is as dumb as a rock, but our lab/rott mix is very bright. Having worked in humane society shelters, this is the usual trend. But I chose the mix because I couldn't decide between the two breeds. They both had desirable traits for ducks as pets, and I don't plan on breeding them. The runner was a freebie. This is probably the only time in the next decade that I will hatch ducks, so I bought the inexpensive LG (I know how people feel about that, but it has worked out). I have an expensive digital thermometer and hydrometer monitoring it. I'm a teacher and on break, so I have managed to frequently monitor the weird fluctuating temps in the LG during the day (although I have it pretty stable now). I'm on day 23 as of tonight. I started off with 7 eggs, and one never grew past day 3. The others have been an absolute miracle to watch moving and growing inside. My QUESTION is in two parts- 1. Tonight I candled the eggs. The runner egg is MUCH smaller than the others, and it has internally pipped along with one of the mixes. I'm fairly certain that it is only the beak that is poking into the air cell. Do I need to do anything? Will they be okay if I stick with the plan of locking down on Monday night? Should I lock down now? Do I continue to hand turn it or should I leave it? 2. I've searched the threads, but I can't find an absolute answer on what the best position is, if any, for lock down. They will continue to be on their side, but should the air cell be on the top side? I really enjoy reading this forum- my husband makes fun of me now since this seems to be out of nowhere in his mind. I check it every night before bed! Thanks for your great advice, and I look forward to posting some pictures when they arrive. I'm almost as nervous as when I had my own kids! I just want everything to go smoothly.