Okay, so my first hatch might have to be the worst hatch in all of history. I'm going to give as many details as possible... I would very much appreciate if anyone can give me any input on what may have gone wrong and how I can do better next time (going to put some in on March 10th, in time to hatch for Easter, I hope). I would really like to not murder any more babies Incubator: Genesis 1588 w/temp and hygrometer. I did not adjust any settings, its thermometer and my cheapo calibrated thermometers read the same, between 99˚F and 100˚F, the whole time. Used an automatic turner which worked (I monitored it). Got it up to heat and humidity before placing the room temperature eggs in it. Eggs and Conditions of Parents: Drove a little ways to get them. They were 2-10 days old when I picked them up. The poultry were in small shed-like pens (2sq ft per chicken) with scratch grains. One Buff Orpington rooster covered about 20 mixed hens (Leghorns, BSL, RSL, mutts). They sat in the front seat of my car in cartons. The man had stored them pointed side down. He says he has fantastic hatches in his cabinet GQFs. Candled the eggs, and all air cells were attached and correctly placed except one saddle, which I set with the others. Most eggs set were clean and non porous. Humidity: Did a "dry hatch." Unfortunately in the winter it is about 12% humidity in my house, and could not get the room above 15%. Inside the incubator, I kept the humidity at 20-40% for the first 18 Days. Candled a few eggs at Day 7 and 14, saw that they were developing nicely, air cells growing at a normal rate. Humidity dropped down to 21% almost every night, then back up around 35-40% during the day while I could keep an eye on it. Temperature: Averaged 99.5˚F. No cold spells except when it went to 98˚F when I would open the incubator to add water. It dropped down to 96˚F for about 2 minutes when I removed the egg turner on Day 18. Absolutely no hot spells. Lockdown: By Day 18, I candled all the eggs and noticed that 23 had stopped developing. When I did eggtopsies, 18 of the eggs looked like yolk mush with no veins, blood rings, blood spots, anything. 5 of the eggs had veins or blood rings or meat spots. None were rotten. Discarded unviable eggs, left 19 to set in the incubator. Kept the humidity from 60-65%. A few times this would drop down to 40% (happened once) or spike to 72% (happened four or five times), but never for more than 1 hour at a time. My incubator says not to operate over 65% humidity, so I tried not to go higher than this. Day 19: We had 2 pips. Humidity 54-68% Day 20: 4 pips by the morning. By the end of the day, 5 chicks had hatched. Humidity 58-72% Day 21: Humidity dropped to 40% overnight, but got up to 67% that day. 2 more hatched for a total of 7. One of those was very tired and did not move. Another one pipped. Day 22: I assisted 2 chicks in their hatch since they had pipped over 24hrs ago. One of those was very weak (had pipped the wrong end of the shell). Humidity 52-65%. Day 23: Did eggtopsies on the remaining 10 eggs that had not hatched. All the eggs had dead baby chicks inside of them. Most had unabsorbed yolk sacs. Two were not very developed, but the other 8 were fully developed chicks. 2 out of my 9 chicks had died overnight, the weaklings. Totals: 42 Eggs Set 2/10/13 23 Eggs Discarded 2/28/13 19 Eggs Locked Down 2/28/13 10 Eggs Unhatched 3/4/13 9 Chicks Hatched 3/4/13 7 Chicks Alive 3/5/13 7 Chicks out of 42 Eggs is a 17% Hatch Rate (more or less)... What went wrong???