Hi folks! I'm looking to increase folk numbers this year and I've got some questions. Not sure if I've been doing something wrong or if I just have poor luck, seeing as how my chickens generally have an 80-90% hatch rate. I've raised Bourbon Reds for five or six years now and during that time, I've only had a handful of successful hatches. Three off the top of my head, if I remembering correctly, the most live poults being seven. My hens are great mothers and diligently tend to their eggs but, despite my best efforts to provide a clean, safe and quiet brooding area, the embryos are dying 14-20 days through incubation. All eggs are fertile to start with - I candle them a week after incubation to confirm live embryos - and then bam, all dead. What is going on here? No one (aside from the mother) is handling these eggs; I only place clean (but not washed!) eggs in the nest and make sure they're not sitting on bare ground. Nor is the mother abandoning them - I've had the same hen brooding my last couple batches; she broods so hard you almost have to force her to eat and drink lol. Are turkey eggs naturally more fragile than chicken eggs? At first I chalked it up to the odd temperature swings we get around during breeding season; now I'm not so sure. Like I mentioned, the chickens have no issues hatching. People who know I raise turkeys keep asking to purchase some from me, and every time I have to tell them no. Any tips, help, or advice is appreciated - I'm at my wit's end. Thank you for reading!