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Hatching incubated eggs in cartons?

Poll Results: How do you hatch?

 
  • 25% (8)
    in egg cartons
  • 75% (24)
    lay the eggs on their side
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post #1 of 234
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This is only my second time to incubate eggs and I'm thinking about using egg cartons for hatching.  I would love to see what everyone prefers and hear any comments or suggestions you have.  Also if you are a carton hatcher, please feel free to post pictures of how you cut your cartons down if at all.

Thanks to all!

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post #2 of 234
I'm in general a carton hatcher. Unless I have a lot of eggs and can't physically fit all the eggs in with cartons then I will hatch them on their sides. I've had good results using both methods. There are pros and cons with cartons though. With cartons you can't see if you have wrong end pipper and they do take a bit more room up in the incubator. On the plus side your eggs are not knocked about by hatched chicks which makes for easy monitoring of pips in eggs. Also I find it makes clean up a little easier. I would certainly advise cartons for shipped eggs that have damaged or misshapen air sacs. Here are a few pics ~








post #3 of 234
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Originally Posted by Yorkshire coop View Post

I'm in general a carton hatcher. Unless I have a lot of eggs and can't physically fit all the eggs in with cartons then I will hatch them on their sides. I've had good results using both methods. There are pros and cons with cartons though. With cartons you can't see if you have wrong end pipper and they do take a bit more room up in the incubator. On the plus side your eggs are not knocked about by hatched chicks which makes for easy monitoring of pips in eggs. Also I find it makes clean up a little easier. I would certainly advise cartons for shipped eggs that have damaged or misshapen air sacs. Here are a few pics ~

:frowThank you so much for your reply and the fantastic photos.  I am incubating shipped eggs and am leaning towards the cartons.  I see that I do need to cut my cartons down more than what I have.  Thanks again.

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Where will you spend eternity?

 

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post #4 of 234
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I LOVE this pic.  It's like he's checking on his buddy to see if he's ok, lol:love

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Nothing is trivial.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave is only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." 

Where will you spend eternity?

 

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Nothing is trivial.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave is only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." 

Where will you spend eternity?

 

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post #5 of 234

My best ever hatch was with eggs that were flat till day 14, then they went into cartons until hatch.  I did it that way b/c the aircells were small, and my previous hatch was compromised by DIS chicks.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #6 of 234
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My best ever hatch was with eggs that were flat till day 14, then they went into cartons until hatch.  I did it that way b/c the aircells were small, and my previous hatch was compromised by DIS chicks.  


O wow, I didn't know about starting them flat.  But then that's what happens in the nest so it makes since.  Was your previous hatch in cartons at hatch time? Thank you for your reply.

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Where will you spend eternity?

 

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Nothing is trivial.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave is only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." 

Where will you spend eternity?

 

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post #7 of 234
I, personally, like to lay them down for hatch. It just seems more natural to me. Also, I think it would be easier to spot a mal-positioned pipper. Also, I'm just scared of trying something new when it's been working good for me so far. I do start them in cutdown individual cartons though. I can't post pics from the app on my mobile but I will post some in a little bit. This last hatch was shipped eggs and I stopped tilting them on day 16 and took them out of the cartons and laid them down on day 18.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yorkshire coop View Post

I'm in general a carton hatcher. Unless I have a lot of eggs and can't physically fit all the eggs in with cartons then I will hatch them on their sides. I've had good results using both methods. There are pros and cons with cartons though. With cartons you can't see if you have wrong end pipper and they do take a bit more room up in the incubator. On the plus side your eggs are not knocked about by hatched chicks which makes for easy monitoring of pips in eggs. Also I find it makes clean up a little easier. I would certainly advise cartons for shipped eggs that have damaged or misshapen air sacs. Here are a few pics ~








I've been very curious to see photos of chicks hatching in cartons!! These are the perfect pics!!! Thanks, Yorkshire!!
post #8 of 234
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Originally Posted by RubyNala97 View Post

I, personally, like to lay them down for hatch. It just seems more natural to me. Also, I think it would be easier to spot a mal-positioned pipper. Also, I'm just scared of trying something new when it's been working good for me so far. I do start them in cutdown individual cartons though. I can't post pics from the app on my mobile but I will post some in a little bit. This last hatch was shipped eggs and I stopped tilting them on day 16 and took them out of the cartons and laid them down on day 18.
I've been very curious to see photos of chicks hatching in cartons!! These are the perfect pics!!! Thanks, Yorkshire!!


Thank you. I'm just so torn as to which way to go.  I'm only on day 5 so I'm jumping the gun a bit but I want to be prepared:) and it might take me that long to decide, lol.  Praying I have a bunch to lockdown, I might do 50/50:idunno

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Nothing is trivial.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave is only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." 

Where will you spend eternity?

 

Barre...

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Nothing is trivial.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave is only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." 

Where will you spend eternity?

 

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post #9 of 234

50/50 is a good way to go!  You could wait, and see what your aircells look like, and make your decision based on that.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #10 of 234
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Originally Posted by lazy gardener View Post
 

50/50 is a good way to go!  You could wait, and see what your aircells look like, and make your decision based on that.


I might do just that, thank you.

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/building-our-duck-pond

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/feathers-and-two-feet

 

Nothing is trivial.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave is only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." 

Where will you spend eternity?

 

Barre...

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Nothing is trivial.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave is only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." 

Where will you spend eternity?

 

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