I wanted to see if any of you on the board could add the one or two tips that really increased the hatch rate in your incubators! Also, can you share your average hatch rate? And if it got better at some point, why? (Better thermometer, different incubator, etc.) Right now, I'm hatching a lot of chicks, but the overall results are dissapointing, statistically. It's only about 40 percent, and these are NOT shipped eggs. I know it's "operator malfunction" for several reasons. On the first batch, I collected eggs from my girls, but I also got a dozen from a friend's house, and about a half dozen from a different friend. So I had mostly other people's eggs in the first group, and the most that hatched were from my eggs. Only three hatched from theirs - two from one friend, and one of the other! (I marked them all, but it was pretty easy to tell - mine were the only white and sky blue!!) Which meant about 10 of the 20 of my own actually hatched. This next group - all my own eggs - I only got about 15 chicks from 40 eggs, sigh! Wondering what I did wrong. I added a hydrometer, and I haven't seen the temp vary hardly at all. The lowest it got was 97 and the highest was 101, right at hatch time, when I was still fiddling with the second incubator that I moved them to (to use as a hatcher.) I'm thinking the temp may have been a little low on the last two batches? The first hatch in particular was very "draggy", they hatched at day 22-23. They're definately developing. I wonder what I'm doing wrong to mess things up? Ideas? Thanks!