What i learned being a first time hatcher do's and don'ts. eggs: the deal was i would borrow the bator of a friend he would supply the eggs and i would do the rest. as i can only have two chickens at the minute i get 2 ladies and he takes the rest. 10 naked necks that he got from another breeder. 30 warrens from is hens. by day 18 after candling 9 naked necks. 9 warrens. i was thinking what have i been doing wrong? nothing it turns out his cockerel is not very good at its job. SO GET GOOD EEGS TO START WITH! run up to day 18: watching temp and humidity like a hawk. day 5: candling time after looking at lots of pics and vids on the net to get a good idea also candled a shop bought egg so i know what a clear egg looks like. set a timer to 20 minutes and started 10 warrens a bit suspect so put them in a line on their own. all naked necks looking good. day 8: opened up to top up water and a bit of a wiff um some things not right. could not rest so that evening candled them to find 2 eggs where rotten 8 was clear. now every day i was sniffing at the vents for any wiffs. day 12: oh oh the wiff was back so that evening candled them 2 more rotten warrens. if you smell the egg you can defo smell it, it's not strong but defo there. day 18: lock down time. all candled and now down to 9 naked necks. 9 warrens. all water trays filled to bring the humidity up and the eggs out of the auto turner and set on kitchen roll. lid on and not to be opened. day 21: 1 egg had pipped 12 hours later the naked neck was out of the shell. brooder was ready and warmed up. 6 hours later chick was looking good. NOW THIS IS WHERE I WENT REALLY WRONG! chick 1 was playing football with the other eggs, so thinking he was doing harm in there i took him out and put him in the brooder BIG BIG MISTAKE didn't know at the time. another egg had pipped 6 hours later a warren hatched. right your not gonna play football with the rest of the eggs so into the brooder you go BIG BIG BIG MISTAKE. one more egg has pipped 32 hours later a naked neck hatched. no more have pipped. now i have killed 16 chicks and finding it hard to live with myself! by taking the chicks out i lost the humidity and the temp dropped as the chicks in the shells were dying. tried to get the humidity back but too late. so thinking i was doing something good i was not. next time i will only open up at day 23 i hope this helps others new to hatching! whats your story from your 1st hatch? can you help me and others? kind regards chris.