My son wanted to hatch chicks for his science fair project. He waited until too late to get permission to do something with live animals, but we decided to do it anyway, just to see. Anyway, we set 6 eggs last Sunday. I candled them yesterday and 1 was bad, threw it out. Today, I went to turn the eggs and the temp was 114!!! We had been having quite a lot of fluctuation, but the temps were between 93 and 104, so I wasn't overly concerned, figured it was just an experiment anyway. So, b/c the temp was so super high, I decided to break open one of the developing eggs to see if the embryo was still alive. It was a porous egg (I didn't candle before we set, should have done that) and had no air cell, I noticed it yesterday. SO I figured the chick wouldn't make it anyway having no air cell, so I broke it open. Temp was 114, no idea how long. Perfect little 6 day embryo with a still beating heart. I felt bad, but I guess the chick wouldn't have made it anyway. So is there anything that I can expect having the temps go up and down so so much? I'm going to switch to a lower wattage bulb asap, but I was wondering if the chicks will have a higher rate of developmental problems b/c of the changing temps? In other news, I think one of my hens is getting broody, she's been spending quite a lot of time sitting in her box. I put some store bought eggs in her nest, and maybe if she gets super broody, I'll switch out the eggs I have in the incubator and let her hatch and raise them so I can forget the headache of using a stupid water heater thermometer!