This April 2, on a whim I decided I wanted to get some eggs that would hatch on Easter (for my little grandbabies). I didn't have an incubator, so I Googled homemade incubators and ran across some posts about people using electric skillets. So I went to Craigslist and found some fertile eggs and Walmart for the skillet and had everything going by the end of the night. Keeping the temps stable has been a chore, My method of turning is just propping up one side with books and moving to the other side several times a day. I've had a few temperatue spikes and I thought for sure these little guys were goners. My main problem is how much the outside temperature affects the inside temp of the skillet. I've candled (probably way too much), but my first little flashlight wasn't showing much. I could tell something was going on--and I could see the air sac getting larger. So today, I went to Home Depot and bought a powerful little flashlight and lo and behold--there is movement in those eggs. I'm so excited!I started with 12 eggs and now I have 11. Out of the 11--I think I only have one dud. To tell you the truth, I really didn't expect to have this many--I know--don't count your chickens before they've hatched, but it looks like I may actually have some babies. Here's my concern--I have them in cartons and was planning on letting them hatch in the cartons, but I'm afraid after they hatch there will not be enough room. The eggs are pretty close to the lid. When I told my DH this--he laughed and said they'll be bonking their heads. Will it hurt if I take them out of the cartons and lay them on their sides during lockdown even though they've been in the cartons the whole time? This just so darn fun--but I'm so worried, because I've read about so many making it to pip stage and not making it. I so hope my little chickies come into the world this Easter.