First off, an easier question: Friday evening, late, will be the official start of day 18 for my eggs. However, I am leaving Thursday afternoon to be out of town... my husband will be here to keep an eye on things, but I would rather not worry him with actually "locking down" the eggs for me (this is more my project than his, and he has a lot going on... plus I'm a bit OCD with my eggs...). Would it be reasonable to lock them down- remove from the turner and bump up humidity- shortly before the official start of day 17? I suppose technically it would be about 32 hours before the start of day 18. Would this be a big problem or should I just leave directions for him to take care of Friday night/Saturday morning??? Secondly, any advice on using containers for hatching?? Previously I've had issues with hatched chicks running crazily around the bator, bumping the remaining eggs all over the place. My last batch I had 18 eggs fully developed and only 9 hatched. Two pipped and stopped, one even zipped then stopped, and after I examined the non-hatchers, they were all fully developed and yolk absorbed. I'm wondering if all the "beating up" made it difficult for them to orient themselves in the eggs?? I know people have talked about hatching out in egg cartons with the round end of the egg up, but that just doesn't seem natural to me... Any other suggestions or experience- good or bad- with egg cartons? I was thinking of taking a piece of cardboard and cutting out holes that the eggs would be able to lie in on their sides, but not be shifted around or rolled by other hatchlings... does this sound reasonable?? Thanks for any input, I'm going to be stressing over it while I'm gone but part of me is glad that I'll be coming back home just in time for the fun stuff to have already started!