This is my first time incubating and hatching. I read with interest the article about "dry incubating" and quit adding water on day 18 - so as not to "drown them". I had 20 eggs in my LG 9200, on day 22 i got one chick to hatch. Day 23 (yesterday) i got a pip, this morning, no improvement, so we "helped' him by opening up the shell a bit, but alas he was dead. The other 18 eggs looked great when candling yesterday - large enough air bubble (in all but two that were completely dark) Now I think I went too far - I dont have a hygrometer (big mistake I realize now). and so today before leaving for work I added some water and a wet sponge and closed the plugs. I feel awful cause I think I killed them all - and because I now have an orphan in my brooder. I wish I could be home to monitor the situation, but have a horrible feeling. Questions for the group is: How many days beyond 21 have you still had a successful hatch? What do you do about an orphan??These eggs are quite large so I am hoping they take longer. Hens are mostly sex link and one large RIR, One large wynanot. Would it be possible to bring these guys around at this late stage with the increase in humidity? I really am depressed and can hardly keep a cheerful face at work where I am the receptionist!