Hey, i stumbled upon your site through multiple google searches for the information ill need to successfully start hatching my own chicks. Looks like a massively great collection of data you guys have going here! Ive decided that i will be doing the shipped eggs ( Silkies!) , and know the success rate may not be that great depending on how well they are shipped and shipping conditions in general. Im alright with only a few hatching. ( I think im going to purchase 8 or 10 and hope for 3-4 actually hatching * more is fine though! * What my main concern is what im going to end up using as materials for my incubator. Ive Bred and raised and hatched reptiles ( Snakes, specifically) in the past, and had awesome success with my set up then. But they go for longer, by far! ( 60+ days!) and require near constant high humidity compared to chicken eggs. So also, my fear is providing TOO MUCH humidity, and drowning the chicks. I used a small Igloo cooler, with flexwatt heat tape along the bottom, and water bottles to keep the temperature constant and more steady between openings and candling as well as a thermometer/hydrometer to monitor the temps and humidity inside the eggbox. I own several Spyder robotics thermostats that are accurate to.... a really teeny number. so im not necessarily worried about keeping the temperatures for chicken eggs accurate ( but would love suggestions on what temps work well for those of you that keep silkies and want more hens) and the 12" flex does the job like noones business, at much safer temperatures on the heat element itself. So, my questions are...What degrees/percentages do you guys recommend keeping the eggs at?( Silkie bantams) I was thinking of going with 101.5F and 40% humidity? Though these are numbers i just quickly came upon before i decided to just start posting on a forum instead. And do you think that the materials im choosing to use will work well with chicken eggs? A friends broody hens may also be a viable option, if he has a few to sit for me. Im kind of game for anything. Thanks! I hope to hang around and eventually post pictures and talk about my success in the future!