Okay, so this has been my third hatch in my lovely new Sportsman 1502 incubator--up until today, they have all been my own BLRW eggs, but today I had one little lone chick hatching (shipped eggs--the rest didn't make it to lockdown). In all of the hatches, I have noticed that, once the chick pips a moderately large hole, the air movement in in incubator starts drying them out. If they don't get out of the egg fast enough (within a few hours), the outer membrane starts drying on them and they are stuck. I just finished rescuing this last chick, who pipped yesterday morning. Probably should have helped it out sooner, but I was hopeful it would manage on it's own. I've had to help out four other chicks like this--so far, once they are out, they do great, but in every instance, the membrane had dried starting at the pip hole and moving out from there. The further away from the pip hole, the more moist it is. The Sportsman seems to have a pretty strong fan in it--enough to blow around a double layer of paper towels. At lockdown, I've got the humidity up to 75%--can't seem to get it higher without completely covering all the airvents, but I could put a humidifier bu the incubator itself to help with that if needed. However, with that fan blowing so much air around, I get the feeling I could saturate the dang thing and still end up with stuck chicks. Prior to lockdown, humidity site around 20%. Has anyone else had this problem with a Sportsman? What the heck do I do about it. I'm worried that if I even partially cover the hatching tray to block some of the breeze in there, it will make it harder to keep the humidity up in that area? I'm not keen on having to bust every chick out of it's egg, and I can't imagine this is normal since the Sportsman's appear to have such a good reputation. As far as incubating, it seems to do a very good job--it's just the actual hatch that is a problem. I have eggs going into lockdown again on Sunday, so I am looking for a solution to this soon!