so my first attempt with incubation totally sucked! I lost all 14 babies. not one hatched =/ I placed 48 eggs in the bator 6 days ago to try again... on the 3rd day I went outside to play with my girls (chickens) because I had been sick for a few days so I had passed on the chicken duties to my sons. and I noticed that 1 girl from each flock was puffed out sitting in the nesting boxes... I asked my husband how long they had been in there and he said 3 days! they turned broody around the same time that I placed babies in the incubator. my silkie appeared to have stolen some eggs and had 9 eggs under her, while my orphington from the other flock only had 2. So I took the 6 eggs that did not belong to her and placed them with Gorda (the orphington) and took 6 of her own eggs (silkie) from the bator and snuck them in while she was eating. I marked all the eggs with an X and have been taking new eggs from the nest. as for my bator I swear that thing is off temperature. Its factory set to 38c and out of no where it drops to 32c. I tried calibrating it and the temperature went right back up to 38c. Do I keep calibrating it? humidity fluctuates between 60 and 70 it goes higher but ive been able to catch it and uncover the top a bit. my wonderful husband has built me a new box just for gorda so we can get her low to the ground, he has also built silkie B her very own maternity ward so we will be attempting to move them tonight.