okay, so this is my second time hatching. Have three beautiful chickens hatched from a year ago and get one egg each almost every day. Actually it's strange (and probably should be on another thread) but the Easter Eggers blue egg always gets eaten. The wyandotte and maran egg never gets touched. Is it the color? must be as the others are untouched. I figure I get two eggs a day so i'm cool and they probably think they are getting away with smoking behind the barn or something. anyway, back to this hatch, I have shipped runner duck eggs in the bator (yesterday) - they were really dirty, so got direction on this site how to wash them..........now wondering are ducks really d i r t y as I have read comments on this site that they are but worth it? My chickens are really clean...they scratch wood chips up into their food and water, but no big deal. I wanted to keep these guys inside.........not possible??? I even bought diapers, leashes , pillows ( a layette I'm embarrassed to say) etc. Now I am even going to ask a question that should be in another thread.........I keep my feed and cracked corn in the garage in a really strong gray plastic container with a top that snaps shut. Today, I went out an the container had a three inch diameter hole in it - out of the side!! How did it start the hole? sure it didn't have a hatching tooth like my chicks did!!