Originally Posted by WyoChickenMamma
I am getting ready to set some eggs in my new incubator. We set it up last night and it has been running steady at 99.4 with 45%RH. I am just curious about a few things.
My neighbor who just had a not so successful hatch in her LG bator gave me 23 eggs to put in for her as a first hatch. These are all from her barnyard mix. I candled them last night and several had cracks or were way to porous, one was very oddly shopped and had some ridges in it. Those didn't make it to the tray. I ended up with 18 eggs that are in the tray. I have three rows of six eggs. There is a small space at the end of each row. I noticed on some of the pictures on this thread that it looks like people put some paper towel or tissues in that space. Do I need to do this? I kind of tilted the tray back and forth to mimic the movement and the eggs didn't fall over to that empty side? Does doing this mess with humidity as the tissue/paper towel absorbs the humidity and becomes wet? I have the automatic humidity pump with my incubator. Any other advice or input?
Aha, I see you do not actually have the O20E bator,which is the topic of this thread, actually.
However, I never add any spare towel, cloth, felt or whatever to absorb bumps. I even do incomplete rows without anything at the end, and the eggs don't fall over.....GENTLE NOW.....!
You don't need that stuff, unless you are tossing your bator up into the air or something! Think of what the eggs go through when the hen turns them and they topple over one another. Besides the instructions mention that a bit of 'egg rocking' is nothing to worry about. From my experience of hatching almost continuously with three O20E s for the past 6+ months, I feel I have no need to EVER add 'cushion' material...
Now let's keep those OCTAGON 20 ECO posts a-comin'
(I have repeatedly suggested that people start threads like this one for their own 'breed' of bator, but none or almost none have done so)