Been thinking a LOT about incubators/incubating, etc over the last couple weeks (hard to think of much else with this red cooler full of my silky flock hopes sitting on my desk...). Here's a couple of random thoughts I'd love to get opinions on from you more experienced incubator-hatcher-outers. This end up?...? I've got my eggs laying on their sides. I've marked them so I know what side I turned on last when I turn them by hand. My grid has a natural dip in it, so I've got them sort of arranged as a momma hen would, with the larger end on the outside and the smaller end in the dip in the center. Obviously the eggs would have taken up less room if I had put them in a carton, but I had plenty of room and I thought maybe a more natural positon as if they were in the nest might raise their chances of hatching. Anyone tried it both ways? Have you noticed a difference in hatch rates when eggs were on their sides throughout vs large end up in a turner or egg crate? Auto turner vs hand turning? It is just intuitive that rolling over with eggs on their sides would maybe be better than auto turner where eggs are just tipped? I don't know though - anyone have any wisdom on which gives higher rates of hatch? Again, I'm just thinking about what a momma hen does... Lastly, here's another thought. Been thinking about emulating the incubating hen (obviously). What are the thoughts about using a gal sized zippy bag filled with water to lay over the top of the eggs to provide direct contact warmth? I suppose you could put the water bag inside another bag and slip the probe of the thermometer down between the water bag and the top of the eggs. In addition to acting as a heat sink to hold and help stabilize temps, it would be more like the hen providing the heat directly to the top of the eggs. Any wisdom or opinions??