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post #11 of 122

i think this should work.If ur using for chicks.

post #12 of 122
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Originally Posted by ChicknCharm 

Can someone fill me in on what is meant by an egg "tilter" or external egg tilter (mentioned above)?


Some incubators have shelves that tilt.  The shelves can be tilted from ~45 degrees left to ~45 degrees right so that instead of turning individual eggs, you can "turn" the whole shelf at once.

I think someone in this thread mentioned the possibility of tilting the whole incubator rather than individual shelves.  This probably isn't practical when there might be an open container of water for humidity purposes.

post #13 of 122
Thread Starter 

OK!  I know this...the unit is like a mini-fridge...so I can easily just raise one side of the shelf with sticky mount hooks or something.  I can also trace the one shelf that comes with the unit to make another out any 1/4 inch material.  SOOOO...then....
1.) do I put the eggs in a carton or something to keep them "rooted" since the the shelf itself is tilting?  I am guessing we don't want the eggs to roll around, we are tilting to move the embryo and fluids within the shell...so the shell stays affixed somehow to the shelf?
2.) If I do use a carton, that surrounds the eggs to keep them "rooted", then do I need a fan to ciruclate air (CO2 concerns)?
3.) I can use a tupperware at the bottom with water for humidity.  The shelves are up above and I cant tilt those.  The manufacturer also says you can use a tupperware with a lid and poke holes in it.

I am reading the old strings about tilters, but still have trouble REALLY understanding the engineering.  But, the cloud is slowly lifting.

Thank you for anymore ideas or thoughts.

DOES ANYONE KNOW THIS (an afterthought)...it is OK just to raise one end of the shelf, then leave the shelf level, and then raise the other side of the shelf?  That way it is tilting three times.  Is that just as good as fully rotating the eggs?  Wondering...wondering...wondering...

The eggs may be here today.

Texas town-farm fam with bantams, Easter Eggers, and Guineas.
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post #14 of 122
Thread Starter 

Sorry, correction in line with number 3 on it:  I CAN tilt the shelves above, but the floor of the unit will remain level, so it should not spill water.

Texas town-farm fam with bantams, Easter Eggers, and Guineas.
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post #15 of 122

It sounds to me like you are making this more difficult than it ought to be for a couple dozen eggs.  Just turn them by hand three times a day and you'll be all set.

Some people use egg cartons and just tilt the carton rather than the whole shelf.  If you're thinking about using egg cartons, that seems to be an easier way to go than the tilting shelf.

post #16 of 122

I know alot of people recomend the hovabator for reptile eggs so I think the opisite would be true you would just have to turn by hand. (I think the genisis was a bad idea because with the temp fixed you can't use it for herps, but great for chickens and quail smile )

 I finally have birds again! 1 trio of mille & spangled OGEBs and getting 72 coturnix quail eggs shipped to me when the tax return comes in.

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 I finally have birds again! 1 trio of mille & spangled OGEBs and getting 72 coturnix quail eggs shipped to me when the tax return comes in.

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post #17 of 122

1, Reptile eggs don't have to be turned (hence no turner)

2, Reptile eggs hatch at a lower Temp (80-85dgs)

3, Reptiles also hatch at a lower humidity (50-60%)

The 'bator is set to these temps, and usually can't be changed. So I doubt it would work wink

~Blackbird~

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~Blackbird~

Chicken obsessed since who knows!  

*Proud 4h member*

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post #18 of 122
Thread Starter 

Hello BlackBird12:
This incubator has a digital thermostat to set...buttons to push and such, so the temperature is not a problem.

I understand about no egg turner for reptiles, I am contemplating options to make up for one if necessary.

It may be fun to turn them by hand...we have kids to help.

Take Care!

Texas town-farm fam with bantams, Easter Eggers, and Guineas.
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post #19 of 122

There was a picture on one of the post earlier in the week where they use egg cartons and rested them on round PVC pipes.  When it came time to turn the eggs they just tiped the carton to the other side.

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post #20 of 122

Did some looking into this unit and apparently this is indeed a mini fridge which repti pro is slapping their label on and selling as an incubator (its not new tech, just relabled tech) saw it on a few sites sold as a fridge for wine or personal mini fridge, exact same identical warmer cooler fridge.  Other reptile sites have caught on and started selling them under other names like repti hatch ect.

The temps go from 36° F to 140° F, so you don't have to worry about it being unable to reach 99-100, but you would still need to do something about humidity.

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