Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
A chick under a broody doesn't generally get knocked around like one in an open bator either.
I guess we will have to beg to differ on that, as in my observations the chicks hatching result in the hen constantly have to adjust the eggs being kicked and bulldozed around by the new chicks or even recover eggs that have been completely pushed out from under her as the new chicks pop in and out...
Our "turning" is more drastic than the movement of the eggs by the broody hens. Watched mine last year, hen is much more subtle.
My turning is quite gentile and hardly drastic by any means, my turner takes 2 hours to gently roll the eggs 180° IMO it could not be much less drastic or gentile, you hardly even notice them moving unless you start at them for extended periods of time... My turner is far less drastic then what I have observed broody hens doing with their feet and heads, when returning to the nest, repositioning themselves or adjusting eggs as the new chicks move them all over the place under her...
In the end there is no single right or wrong way...Edited by MeepBeep - 3/20/16 at 7:26pm