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Hova bator egg turner not working???

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I began incubation last Friday of my 36 eggs. I have a hova bator with egg turner. They are both brand new. It seems to me that the egg position never moves. I know it takes 4 hours for rotation so its akin to paint drying, but I would to know if anyone has any thoughts on this? Also I just noticed this problem on Wednesday. Are the eggs doomed?sad

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It is like paint drying.  You will never see the movement unless you note the position of the eggs and check back later. 

Are the eggs doomed?  No.  Have they been harmed?  Not necessarily.  It depends a bit on how old the eggs were when you put them in.   This article says you don't need to turn the eggs for the first week when you are storing them for incubation, but it does recommend turning them once you start incubation.

Texas A&M Incubation site
http://gallus.tamu.edu/library/extpublications/b6092.pdf

If you are sure the turner is not working, then I suggest you start turning them by hand.  Your hatch rate may ormay not have been affected.

Good luck!!!

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #3 of 5
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Thanks for your help and prompt reply!

post #4 of 5

I also had that problem with the same brand bator , but being a newbie I didn't know any better lol. I found out after I got one that worked you can "feel" the motor running when you touch it- if it's working. And I hatched 31 out of 42 eggs after that happened! big_smile


Edited by BamaChick76 - 5/27/10 at 6:40am
post #5 of 5

Received my Hovabator two days ago and I have the same issue.  They are shipping me a new motor which will take 10-12 days, swell.
 

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