I and my family have had chickens for more than 5 years. Each year we would order chicks from McMurray. After a while, we decided to try hatching our own. We would always collect some eggs and put them under a hen. Most of them would hatch out. We've done this most years, but last year decided to use the incubator. This was originally because none of our hens wanted to cluck. This year there were no clucking hens again so we used an incubator. Last year we put in 24 eggs and 21 hatched. This year we put 36 eggs in the incubator. 1 chick hatched on the 19th day with the yolk sac still attached. We clipped this off since it started leaking. Its intestines were coming out the navel so my dad cauterized the sac. The chick was fine but died this morning on the 23rd day. It lived about 4 days but I don't understand why it died. Another chick hatched on the 20th day. This chick was healthy and is now very lively. On the 21st day of incubating, when I came home from school, I expected to see a lot of chicks hatched. Only two had hatched. This kind of disappointed me. Today as I said before, is the 23rd day of incubating. No more chicks have hatched. I am starting to think that 3 chicks is all we will get. Thankfully we preordered 25 chicks from McMurray also. 15 Cuckoo Marans and 10 Silver Laced Wyandottes. I'm still really sad about all the other chicks. I know that some of the unhatched eggs are fertile because before the first chick hatched they were cheeping and shaking in there eggs. Now they are silent. I don't know what to think of this. Anyone have any insight?