I have some eggs coming in the mail that I want to really work. (like who doesn't) But I ahve had really bad hatches. I have my bator located in the hall way where the room temp stays relatively the same. When it rains it seems to make the bator temp spike for some reason. My last batch I closed the vent holes and that seemed to keep the temp regular then it spiked to 104 twice. I figured they where ruined and gave up. I also used a styro egg carton for the eggs and to turn them I propped them on the lid of the carton and usedmy hands to make sure they where leaning as much as they oculd in the cartons. this time my plans are: I removed the plugs from the vents and put a fan on low near the bator. It isn't on the bator but in the hall about 2 feet away to help circulate air in that area. I will use the carton again but instead of propping it I will use something to prop up the bator on each side. That way I don't have to open it. I can see the temp/hydrometr with a flashlight through the window. I also plan to leave in the carton for hatching. I'm hoing that the temps don't spike. What I need to now is what is a safe temp for a bator with no fan inside. I believe I kept too low a tem last time. All eggs where firtile but 1 and 2 of them qhit early. The rest died in the egg. Never pipped. I dropped one on top of another one and it cracked. It hatched 2 days early and is still doing well except it's growth is very slow. Most of the chicks that died near the end had broken yolks. When I broke into them the yolk ran out. I got the humidity up to 62% on the last few days and then I lowered it and gave them 5 more days to hatch. But nothing but the 1 early bird. I am getting some turkey eggs. Do they have to be done different than the chicken eggs? I really need to now wht to do here becuse I have no turkeys and really want at lwast 1 pair. I'm getting 4 or 5 eggs. Won't know untl I get them. I won one of the contests and it includes turkey eggs. I can use all the help I can get. When I decided to get into hatching I did a bunch of research and was told to maintain a temp of 99.5 degrees with 50% humidity. I have been told success stories of different temps and humidity. I don't know if it makes a difference but I live in the extreme north west Tennessee and it has been raining for over a week now. WE have had a few dry days but we have more rain coming. Hopefully it will stop by the time I get my eggs. All advice is welcome.