7th Annual BYC New Year's Day 2016 Hatch-A-Long - Page 155
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(That is the accent no?)
It is 7am in Cali now and El Nino is visiting! Wind and rain but not too bad yet.
I am off to work soon.
I agree with MotorcycleChick. I think opening the top is fairly negligible for turning. I've got 18 eggs on right now and I candled, turned them and rotated each egg"s position tonight. I take the entire top off while I do it and it stays off for the whole time...lol.
I closed the lid at 8:55 23 seconds and it was back to normal temps at 9:02 and 20 seconds. The lights shut off at 9:02 and 36 seconds. (I was noting this for another thread...lol) So that was 7 minutes to be back to proper temps. I'm sure the eggs don't change that much. The hen rises up each time she turns her eggs and that it can be 50+ times a day. (Please correct me if I didn't state that correctly)
If I'm just turning them, it's much quicker. But I usually don't turn the eggs 1/2 a turn, I turn mine just 1/4 a turn. Interesting. The reason I turn only that much is I'm sure I read somewhere about the albumin and the turning?? Hens don't turn the egg much at one time...that's what I'm going by. I think both are fine. I also have an easier time to keep track with the 1/4 turn.
I always use gloves, nitrile right now because Walmart's been out of the vinyl (twice now!) My candler is a dollar store led flashlight. I may try something brighter.
I wouldn't worry about taking the lid off
I know others have said 15 min cooling per day resulted in stronger healthier more vibrant chicks
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