OK< I will try to get all the important details in here without it getting too long! I had a partridge rock roo, and he was mean so I butchered him. We started collecting eggs, but I dont remember exacly when. We had also just gotten a auction EE roo, who has curled toes. I haddnt seen any action between the EE roo and my hens. I am not sure of the dates anymore, but my plan was to have eggs from the PR roo. I collected eggs for 10 days before incubation. My temp was high, up tp 103 or even more, the first three or four days. I got a new thermometer, which is how I knew the temp was high, and then I got my temp to regulate very nicely between 99 and 100. The eggs were all fertile. One looked strange at day four, but upon opening it looked normal, with a beating heart. I took another one out on day eight, for a blood ring. it was dead, but well developed. The egg had been seeping, so I think it had a small crack. I took out 12 quiters after I candled them on day 18. They were very strange, some had scrambled yolks, some were very thin and watery, and at least one had only an eyeball. I saw nothing that looked like a chick in any of them. But they all had SOMETHING. So I took 39 eggs out of the turner on tuesday. I got my first chick on thursday night, and #23 this morning. A very long hatch! So I have one chick that keeps turning his head, repeatedly. I thought is was a brain thing, but now I am thinnking it is his neck. i have at least one with brittle feathers that are falling out, and he has bald patches. And the one born this morning has something wrong with its neck also. He always looks at the ceiling, and he keeps falling over on his back. he cant walk at all, and seems to have curled toes. I wanted to raise the PR babies to breed. I know if it was genetics, it had to be the rooster, because the problem ones I candled were a mixture of all the different kinds of hens. And one of the crippled ones is PR and one is cochin. So, was it the PR roo, or was it the EEer with curled toes? Or was it something else completely? Sorry this was so long, I hope someone can help, I was supposed to be shipping eggs for a swap today but now I dont think I should.