Originally Posted by 4stakes
Faraday, have you ever put eggs in egg cartons at lock down to hatch? Just wanted your opinion.
Yes, I've done it a few times. I do not notice a difference in hatch %, but the chicks seem to struggle more as they climb up & out. They seem to take a little longer to get themselves out of the shell, so not as much fun to watch. I also worry that they'll hurt themselves when trying to climb over the cartons & shells.
For our family, the hatching day (& night) is when the incubator becomes the focal point of the house. The incubator is a big TV with the egg channel always on. It's addictive, so all night long, we tip-toe downstairs to peek. If one is zipping, then of course we must wake everybody up to come watch! We all look like a family of racoons after a good hatch! LOL Many visitors also stop by.to view the incubator. I'm a teacher, so I let my students know what times they are permitted to visit my house. During those "visiting hours" it's a constant flood of activity & non-stop questions.
For the last couple years, we've had chicks the week before Easter. I enjoy getting my kids dressed up & using the chicks as great photo props.
Here's one from 8 yrs ago!