Today is day16. I have 7 live embryos, the others either quit or never developed. I have been keeping the eggs upright in cartons and tipping the incubator to turn. It looks to me that the aircells are in good shape. I have two questions. 1. Should I stop turning at day 16 or the usual 18? 2. If the aircells look good, should I lay the eggs down? I'm not sure about them hatching in the cartons. Thanks for any advice! :-)
I have read that about day 16 instead of 18 too and am still not sure about the 'correct' answer?!
Maybe between the two of us we can figure this out (soon).
I just wanted to comment on your second question. My first ever batch hatched out 6 of 7 that ended up in lock down. I was pretty sure the 7th was a 'quitter' but wasn't 100% positive so put it in there anyway. I too used an egg carton to incubate. The 2nd pic below shows how on day 18 (I picked these eggs up in person) I used the top of the egg carton to 'rest' my soon to be hatchlings... I thought it was 'brilliant', for me anyways. I took the eggs, round end up and placed them against the air vents of the carton lid...this way they were still slightly elevated and they had more stability than if laid 'flat' on the grid...also helped keep 'bator' much cleaner for chicks ambulating around waiting on their siblings to get with the 'program'.
Hope this helps. It worked great for me...
1) How I 'turned' my eggs...I rotated the carton all over that bator! North to South and East to West...then moved cardboard 'angler' around to!
2) How eggs laid tilted up in the top.
3) How well babes hatched and kept bator relatively spot-less.
Now I just have to find that answer to day 16 v 18 ! Please let me know if you find it before me, my current batch was shipped, shabbily, I might add.
Will share either way (if ) when I find it!
Best wishes for a healthy happy hatch!
Edited by HugHess - 9/12/14 at 6:06am