I am new to BYC. I have 7 chickens that I bought from TSC and found out I bought 3 meat birds and 3 barred rocks. So the cornish rock crosses are due to be dinner in a few weeks so I did a lot of research on this site and decided to build my own incubator and hatch eggs. I used several ideas from members here (MissPrissy, speckledhen, GopherBoy) to make my own, thank you so much for putting all this information here. This site is a great asset. Now after building and stabilizing my temps in the incubator the temps are 99 to 101 with 55% humidity. The homemade water wiggler temp was 99.5 to 99.7 consistently. So I bought my eggs and received them, let them rest for 8 hours and set them in last night. Now this morning my water wiggler is reading 98.7. I adjusted the temp a smidge (very slight) and it has upped my temp to 99.2. Is this okay? Is this supposed to happen like this? If I set them last night at 11:00 PM would today be day 0? Also do I need hardware cloth on the bottom of the styrofoam incubator or just some towels or the drawer liner like some other use. Is there a purpose in the hardware cloth on the floor? I have lights and fan and water separated by hardware cloth. Thanks for your help on this. I have looked all morning and could not find a thread with this type of question.