Hi everyone, I get so much information from this forum, I'm hoping y'all will have advice for me. I've been incubating some silkie eggs, collected from my own chickens, in a homemade incubator. I set the eggs in egg cartons, tilted, and I turn them by hand 3x a day. The temp fluctuates a bit because it uses a water heater thermostat, but it stays between 97 and 102. About a week before hatch day, my bulb burned out for a couple hours and I replaced it, but everything seemed fine, chicks were alive and kicking. Hatch day, nothing happened. Three days later, one of the eggs finally pipped. Chickie was doing great and had unzipped about halfway, then he died. I checked the other two eggs due to hatch that day, and both were also dead in shell. Fully formed, all the way to yolk absorption, but the little guys hadn't even internally pipped. So I've got another batch due to hatch tomorrow. I've candled them and at least one of them is still wiggling around in there. Is there anything I can do to help them? Any ideas on what could have gone wrong? Is it common for silkies to require assistance in hatching? The humidity is at around 60%, is it possible that it might be TOO humid? TOO hot? should the temperature be turned down for hatching? is 102 hot enough to kill them? One more side question while I have your attention.... When I collect eggs from my hens, can they be placed directly in the incubator, or do they require a certain period of setting at 55-60 before being placed in the incubator? Thanks for your help!!!