First of all :aww So sorry you lost a baby. But. Don't give up. I used to have a black thumb and couldn't keep houseplants alive, but now I've gotten the hang of it and can give starts to friends. Same way with gardening. This is really no different, nurturing living things. It's just that these living things are cute and fuzzy. If losing them didn't hurt then you'd have no business owning pets in the first place! I have a good bator (I think) but am a newbie. I set 44 eggs and have 11 chicks from them. Could've had 13, but one had a defect and had to be put down, and a little banty chick pip, unzip 1/3 of the egg, and then die. I've cried over these babies. That's natural, too. There are still eggs left that may have life in them (2 that I candled definitely have someone in there, pulsing). I'm going to study on what I did wrong (temp issues, humidity). Later on I'm going to clean the bator out thoroughly, probably on Monday, and then make sure all the moving parts look like they are in good condition. And then I'm going to set it up again for another set of eggs at the end of April. These are living critters and there will ALWAYS be some losses. But overall, this has been an AWESOME experience!