I just hatched my first batch of eggs ever. It didn't work out well. :-( They're A&M coturnix, young and fertile. I put in 24 eggs, some of which I kept at 52* for 4 days until I gathered enough to incubate. Only 6 hatched. Some at day #19, 20 & 21. I threw out the rest after that. The biggest bummer: they all died. Every single one. One drowned itself despite marbles in the waterer. Several looked perfectly fine, and in an hour, we'd check and they'd be lying on their side, dead. Then we just had 1 strong one living, and I suppose it died b/c it was alone. Ugh. All that work and being so careful about the million variables. Please tell me what went wrong. We're gathering eggs now at 52* for another batch soon. After reading and rereading the helpful material here, I'm thinking of these variables that may have been at fault: 1. Incubating at 103. I read that was right. Then I read it should be 100. Geepers. So, they were at 103 for the first half of incubation. 2. Brooder temp. I put a heat lamp over the box, but it only got to 88* in the box. The chicks never seemed cold. THey liked to be together, but they weren't huddled as close to the lamp as possible. What else do I need to figure out before I try this again?? Thanks!!