Well, I am heading outside to do my outside chicken chores a bit early and have them done so I can stay inside the rest of the pm and peer into my hatcher, ha! OH...Mahonri, I forgot to ask, but a couple of days ago you mentioned your method of putting eggs into cartons w/ bottoms cut out, and that rubbery airy shelf liner under them. Would you please describe all that in more detail? Also others please chime in about using cartons in incubators and hatchers. I tried cartons last year but had not heard to cut the bottoms out. I had a bad hatch rate (but did end up with a really cool small flock anyway), but the eggs were shipped seramas, supposedly usually very bad as far as shipping affects them.
Still just the one egg pipped here.
(Last time I'll post this picture...I promise!)
I'll chime in.... The egg cartons are cut down 1/2 to 2/3 from the top. The bottom of the egg holders are cut to create a round pencil-thick to dime-thick hole in the bottom. This allows the egg to breathe on sides and bottom. Make sure you reduce the size if the egg cartons and don't just plop and egg in there because if they pip low, they'll be stuck. You want just enough carton for the egg to remain upright.
The rubber mat thingy is rubber shelf liner. It can be found where shelf paper is in your local Wal-Mart and even Walgreens. It runs anywhere from $2 to $7 depending on what size (length) you get. It is wonderful how easy incubator cleanup is with this set up!
Your photo reminds me now of my Jr high dances now too, after reading somebody's comment on it!!! I also identify with the 3 different thermometers of different kinds in there! I am definitely going to get some shelf liner stuff for the next hatch and will try the cut down and holes-in-bottom cartons for some of the eggs.
I STILL have just one tiny pip here. I had thought that good news till I realized I had misinterpreted the rules for the first chick out after midnight. I thought it had to be a person's first chick of the whole batch. I do have another computer window open with the atomic clock ticking away, so just in the chick cooperates, I'll be ready w/ my camera!