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This is were I'm thrown off. Chicken eggs typically take 21 days to hatch. Correct. And my incubator is an automatic turning unit. It is factory set to stop turning two days before hatching. That is day 19. And everyone says stop turning on day 18. Which is it? Am I missing something?


Edited by Flashy2003 - 1/15/11 at 7:21pm
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Stop turning on day 18.

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post #3 of 11

you can actually stop turning them between 3-5 days before they are expected to hatch.

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future project: bantam cuckoo faverolles and bantam ermine faverolles! LF silver laced and ermine faverolles too!
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This is were I'm thrown off. Chicken eggs typically take 21 days to hatch. Correct. And my incubator is an automatic turning unit. It is factory set to stop turning on day 18. That leaves three days with out turning. And everyone says stop turning two days prior to hatch. Which is it? Am I missing something?


Not everyone here!!  You are reading the factory book.  DO NOT READ THE BOOK.  Those people never saw a chicken that didn't say Foster Farms on the wrapper.

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post #5 of 11
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Sorry. I had it backwards. LOL. The bator stops turning two days prior to hatching. With is day 19. But allot of people say stop on day 18. Post edited


Edited by Flashy2003 - 1/15/11 at 7:33pm
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I like this site.

You can print it out and keep track for every hatch you do.

http://homesteadapps.com/app/free/hatchchart/hatchturnscheentry.php

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post #7 of 11

I thought the same way you did.. I too was like so make sure it isn't turning on day 18 or day 19. lOL

Same same way...

Now I just stop whenever my bator says 3 days left...

Sometimes even a day before that, lol, and a day after.. Okay haven't done that yet, but I bet I do one day...
Wink wink

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post #8 of 11

Day 17, 18 or 19 will work. Most do it sometime on day 18. The main thing is to know that its time to stop turning an get your humidity up if you hear chirping no matter what day it is. Otherwise shoot for day 18.

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Ok thanks, I guess ill stick to day 18.

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Ok thanks, I guess ill stick to day 18.


Good idea.  Keeps things uniform on the forums.  lol

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