When I was growing up we had hens doing all the work. This is the first time I have used a bator. My MIL gave it to me along with instructions on using it, adjusting the temp, turning the eggs, adding water, etc. I was under the assumption that she had actually hatched chicks before from the way she talked and she has had chicks every year. I just found out that she brings the chicks back from a hatchery and that she has only actually hatched one chick that didn't live more than two days after the hatch. She told me that you are supposed to turn eggs every 3 hours, but I thought that was a bit much since the temp drops when the bator is opened and found out on my own that I should not be turning that much. She also told me to candle every single night and I have found pictures where people have done just that, but I found out that if the candler gets pretty hot that you should not be candling frequently so you won't cook the embryo. Mine gets hot.I only had the one thermometer in until earlier this evening when I found out that I have been lots of things wrong. I got a brand new thermometer and checked it with the house thermostat then put it in and the old thermometer was off 5 degrees. I have been incubating at 105 degrees the entire time. The babies were developing okay until about day 10 with veins except a few that were just clear and then they just kind of stopped growing. Day 18 and they still look the same as day 10. Frustrated, but sad at the same time. I'm not going to give up, but I guess I was just upset and needed to vent. I learned from this not to assume that someone is an expert just because they go on and on about how they would or would not do things, especially when they might just be full of hot air. I am definitely doing more research after I get the bator sterilized for round two.