I just set my very first batch ever, and now am nervous that something will go wrong! Ok here are a few questions I have been wondering about, and a few things to verify. I knew I should have written down most of my questions because now that I'm here I cant remember any!! Please bare with me, I'm new at this! My Questions: 1. I dont have an egg carton right now so I cut rings out of toilet paper rolls and set each egg in one. Is it okay that they are in this way until I go get some cartons? Can I use styro foam or does it have to be that other paper material? I have a styro foam one right now that I can use if that okay. (It came with chocolate easter egg candy in it). I also have some plastic ones for dying eggs, could these be used or will they get too hot? 2. I just set the eggs tonight, how long should I let them sit before opening the bator to put them into the cartons or rotate? 3. Must I have one of the red vent plugs open for ventilation? Someone said that they do not have to be open because the Little Giant has other holes for ventilation. I havent found these holes yet though. 4. With using the carton method in the Little Giant will the eggs be harmed since they are sitting up instead of laying down and are closer to the heating element? Im worried about them getting cooked if too close. 5. As long as the eggs do not sit in one spot for too long does the degree of tilting/roatating matter? Should I get a level out or something? lol 6. I set the eggs in the incubator at 7pm today, when do I consider it day one? Tomorrow at 7pm? ---- Let me make sure I have this right.... 1. Egg Carton Method- Pointy end down. Put something under the egg carton so that it is 30 to 45 degrees. Switch sides at least 3 times a day. 2. Temperature- 100.5 is fine with a still air so that there is room for the temp to drop, or get higher without being harmful to the eggs. 3. Humidity/Misting- For duck eggs the humidity should be 70% and misting should begin only after day 6. I'm sorry I know this should be in another posting area but I might have some chicken eggs in there too, and the people on the duck thread never answer! You guys are awesome about responding, and give great advice! Please Please Please let me know anything I didnt mention!!