My mother in law (the great chicken housekeeper in north Alabama) had to make an unexpected visit today. She brought me fertilized eggs. Everything is ready - I was going to a chicken "black market" on Saturday morning (still am!) to procure my first birdies, but I have constructed an incubator (and brooding box, and coop, and chicken tractor, and free range "pen" that allows them 112 square feet of yard access while still being confined enough for me to track them down, plus a winterized bird box [should it ever get cold enough in south Mississippi] and accomodations for indoor [laundry room] housing if necessary). I've been carefully planning for almost 7 months. So, I've got these eggs and everything all ready...she said they'd be fine until tomorrow evening but everyone's asleep and I've done all this work on my own...can I plant the chickies on my own right now, or wait? Swear this is how a hen feels when she's considering whether to lay under your ficus or waddle all the way back to the nest box she loves...I want to get these darlings warm and NOW!!!