So, when I first posted about how long eggs might be fertile after loosing my rooster, someone suggested maybe running a staggered hatch so that eggs didn't have to set too long before going into the incubator. At the time I wrote it off as an unreasonable option for me, this being my first time. However, after candling this afternoon and finding that every single green egg we set was fertile and developing, my husband mentioned being tempted to gather all the green eggs we have from the past few days since setting the eggs and incubating them after these eggs hatched. I told him I was pretty sure they would be too old if we waited that long, but did mention that some people do staggered hatches. So, now I'm left to research the viability of this option. When doing a staggered hatch, what seems to be the ideal time between setting eggs? Obviously this will be different for everyone, but I'm just looking for some personal experiences. Good or bad. We only have one incubator, and getting a second one to use as a hatcher is not an option right now. If we were to set a second batch of eggs, how does that work for lock down. I know that opening the 'bator to turn the second batch is not an option once the first batch goes into lock down. We do not have a turner and are turning by hand. Is there a certain timing for setting the second hatch that would make not turning for 3-4 or 3-5 days less of an issue? Like is not turning worse during days 14-17 than it would be to not turn during days 7-10? Is the increased humidity for lock down likely to be a problem for a second set of eggs?