Hi, I'm Ali and I've been lurking for quite awhile and have learned so much from everyone. We built a 'bator as a homeschooling project and incubated our first batch of eggs. The 'bator worked great, but in my fear of under humidifying, I overhumidified and ended up with a batch of drowned eggs and oversized babies who couldn't get out of their eggs. We got 2 buff orpingtons and a speckled sussex out of the batch. They're 3 weeks old and doing well. I learned about dry incubating here and we're on day 21 in a little giant hovabator with 45 mixed breed eggs. (The homemade one has purebreds set to hatch Friday: Sussex, Orps, and Australorps) So far we've got one little guy in the hovabator all hatched and ready for some buddies and another that's doing his best. I'm worried about the humidity now, though, b/c it's staying at about 45% in there and it won't seem to come up. Plugs are in, water's in the troughs, I even dripped some in the plug holes. Chick # 2 doesn't seem to be making progress and i'm having flashbacks of the last hatch. I know that the air cells are good sized and my eggs lost 13% weight by day 18. I don't want stuck chicks. We had the first one pip last night, and it immediately died, and I think it pipped it's yolk sack b/c it had yellow goo around it inside the egg. I thought it might have been an exploder, so I slipped my hand in and pulled it before the others pipped. Could that be the problem w/ my humidity? I've not opened it AT ALL except for that. I just didn't want to lose the whole batch from contamination. The humidity has stayed at 40-45% since day 18. It didn't drop when I pulled the first egg. STRESS. It's worse than having a baby! At least I know what to expect with that! Anyway, thanks to everyone on here for all the wisdom!!