Hello All & Thank you in advance for your help! I've been faithful reading this blog while I incubated my first batch and initial at lock down I was thrilled I thought I'd have 17 babies. My temp stayed stead and humidity ranged from 50-54 day 1-18 (in California it was a super weird month wet and cold) I read a lot on humidity and thought this was ok but now for the future I need advice what do you all recommend for day 1-18? Anyway my first chick hatch on Monday day 22 at 7:15 am (humity 62 but I will say there was moisture on the windows as I used sponsors to bring my humity up) I left for work and came home to now 6 chicks. By that night I was up to 8. Since this was my first batch I didn't know they were suppose to fluff up so fast. At this time I had 3 chicks that had pipped and stopped chirping so I tried to just peal back their shell but sadly all 3 were wet & had passed away. The bator was barely opened and at that time no other eggs had cracked shells. To my surprised Tuesday 2 chicks hatched while I was at work I had 10 baby chicks only 1 seemed week at 4pm when I came home. I went and took care of my horses and went to see if the chicks from day 1 were dry enough to go into the brooder. When I went in one of what was a bouncy chick was laying almost dead. I took him out and put him under the light but he passed away I thought maybe nature. At this time I noticed all my chicks were dry but the reason they were not fluffy was they had this glue like texture that matted their feathers down, I also noticed my weak chick was not doing well. I looked up on here and it explained sticky chicks and that warm water towel try and get in the incubator to fluff up. I did this although very minimal water as I was scared and I dried, quick and one by one did this and heated them up im the incubator. Before bed my weak chick passed away and I noticed yellow fluid like amnio fluid out his poor beak. I've read in the egg chickens can drowned is it possible he struggled hatching due to the goo and ingested the fluid so these sticky chicks may have fluid in their lungs ? Then to make matters worse I woke up to move my 8 chicks to the brooder before work and 3 more of my babies passed away!' I am horrified & so upset!! From my reading it had to do with humidity but here I ask for the help of the experts and advice WHAT HAPPENED? This morning 4 of the 5 chicks looked great, however 1 more looked a little weak. I'm so worried I'll come home to more babies dead. I plan to do egg autopsy on the eggs as I know 3 more were moving on day 18 when I candled before lock down. Please help me!! The chicks are better but still there feathers are matted do I use warm water & try to work the sticky stuff off? I'm worried as they look bald in spots & I know they need their fuzz to be warm (they are under a lamp). What caused this traumatic and sad event to occur. I thought I was so well prepared but I know something majorly went wrong & I'm beating myself up as im such an animal lover. My incubator has an auto egg turner , a digital temp & humity reader & control & a built in fan. Please ask any questions if I did not provide enough info! I just really need help as I was so excited for my first hatch I thought on lock down I was going to have great success & it's been a huge tragidity! The Manuel said that 37.6 degrees Celsius which is 98.68 degree Fahrenheit was recommened. On Friday I am reloading the bator so any explanation of what happened & why my poor babies are dying. Any advice on if I should work more on getting their feathers unmatted. They are on save-a-chick water and medicated mash food! Being a speech therapist im just worried if they were in gooey eggs & drowning their little lung might not make it and in terrified over losing the whole batch when I had 10 hatch 3 pip but die, and I know 3 more eggs once I look they took will be fully developed! I know I'm repeating myself but PLEASE help!! New eggs going in friday and I can't have this happen again I'll be so traumatized for life!