Okay, I've been doing a lot of reading on here the past few days. I've got questions and would appreciate your input 1. I live in Idaho at about 3800 feet elevation, a pretty dry climate and I'm so confused about what to have humidity set at. I read a huge long post about humidity and I am still not sure about where I should run mine. Seems like there should be a "safe" range to keep it at, but according to all the posts, the ranges are everywhere and with varied success. From my reading, it seems that 35-45% for the first 18 days is about average and then 50-55% for the last three days and the temperature being consistant WITHIN THE EGG throughout the whole process is what sounds like is the most important thing. Am I on track? 1. Is that average humidity about right to keep from having chicks drown or be too dry? 2. Should I just monitor the air cell and just go by that for humidity? 3. What is the lowest temperature that the bator can get to before it can cause problems? 4. How much fluctuation can there be in temperature before it causes problems? 5. How much ventilation should I have for air flow? Is it best to leave vents open and then adjust temperature & humidity accordingly so the eggs and chicks have enough fresh oxygen? 6. About spraddle legs and rough navel....what causes both of these and how can they be prevented? 7. Is it best for the eggs to hatch onto the wire mesh or should I use the soft shelf lining that I see pictured in some people's bators? 8. Once the chicks start to hatch, is the temperature of 99.5 in the bator too high for them? Sheesh, see....lot's of questions here. Thank you in advance....I appreciate any of your input. I want to have all my chicks in a row before I begin!