Hi all! I'm going to try to be more active on here, so I figured I'd share my most recent escapade (or maybe eggscapade? hurr hurr). So, a few days ago my queen B of the flock, Lydia the never-broody white leghorn, started laying eggs again after a few weeks off (the cause of which I'm unsure of). She laid one, and the next day she laid another just as I was going in to check on the featherbutts so I scooped the egg up and kept it nice and toasty. The King of our coop is Dovah, and he's also a white leghorn and he is... ahem... quite an active fellow, so I figured "Hey! This is probably fertile. Why don't we try to hatch this little thing!" So, a frantic google search on hatching an egg without a proper incubator ensued (and usually linked me right back here to BYC ) and now the egg is in a box with a lamp socket stuck into the side, a cup of water, and a digital thermometer. The temp is a pretty consistent 100 to 101 degrees and my future mother-in-law is eggsitting it, making sure it's turned frequently during the day and that the humidity and temp stays constant. HOWEVER, the first night we didn't have a proper set-up and ended up using a few of those sore muscle air-activated heat pads inside a styrofoam container to keep the egg warm. It worked well enough, though it dropped to about 90 degrees by the morning. I'm hoping to invest in a hova bator next spring, but until then I'm stuck with this hilariously awkward-looking box. So the question I'm posing to those of you who know their junk is do you think this egg has a decent chance of hatching (though I won't even know if it's fertile for about 5 days)? And are there any tips you'd like to throw at me in general about hatching eggs and keeping chicks? Thanks a bunch!