18th day question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GiGi123, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. GiGi123

    GiGi123 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 19, 2010
    hi everyone,

    just wondering....
    on the 18th day i am supposed to stop turning the eggs. So should i remove them from the auto egg turner? should i put the eggs in a carton or lie them on the wire at the bottom of the incubator??

    thank you for your help,
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Quote:We remove them from the turner and put them in cartons for hatching. Less mess and the one that are running around can't play soccer with the eggs.
  3. GiGi123

    GiGi123 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 19, 2010
    thanks for the help

  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I suggest removing the turner, partly to make it easier to clean up and partly to give the chicks less things to get hung up on when they are roaming around.

    Some people put them in cartons, usually with the bottom of the carton cut off to improve air circulation. I don't. I just lay them on the bottom and let the chicks that have hatched play rugby with the unhatched eggs. From analyzing the unhatched eggs, I have not seen where this caused a problem. It is also what the instructions that came with the incubator said to do. But I seriously doubt it makes much difference.

    Good luck! It gets really exciting about this time.
  5. funnybirds

    funnybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2010
    Oh! Good luck , I hope everything goes well for you.
    I think it would be less clean up and potential problems if you took out the turner. The egg carton idea sounds good.
    This is your first hatch too right?
  6. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Hi, yes remove them from the turner. But DO NOT put them in cartons. Yes, it IS less of a mess in cartons but it makes hatching more difficult for the chicks. Lay them on a paper towel in the bottum of the incubator. have fun and good luck! [​IMG]
  7. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    I personally think that the chicks bumping into the eggs encourages the chicks not hatched to hatch. I know that after that first chick hatches and starts peeping and bumping around in there the others start hatching pretty fast. I lay mine on the bottom with paper towel too. So far I have done 2 hatches the first was 99% hatch the 2nd was 100 % hatch.

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