Advice please - Embryos all stuck to side

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MungoSummer, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. MungoSummer

    MungoSummer Out Of The Brooder

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    I have just bought a second incubator (Basic Brinsea Mini Eco) to use mainly as a hatcher. Up to now I have only hatched in a Brinsea Octagon 20 with auto turning cradle. I couldn't resist setting eggs in the Mini Eco when I set some in the Octagon as I wasn't sure of fertility rates of young roo. I have never manually turned before, but read the instructions and thought I was supposed to turn end to end vertically (the eggs are laid on sides). I have been doing this 3 x daily but alll of the embryos are stuck to one side and vascular development is only on that side, with the other side of the egg clear. They are at 7 days. Can I do anything now or should I discard the eggs? What should I have done instead? I am really annoyed/upset with myself. All eggs in the Octagon are perfect as always. Very high fertility rate too (28 of 30). Thanks very much.
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

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    Are you saying that you were turning them such that, at one point the pointy end is facing a particular wall and then you turned it so the big end is facing that wall?

    I would just start turning them correctly. When I set shipped eggs I don't turn them for the first 3-5 days. I've even had my turner break and not noticed for 10 days lol. You have nothing to lose.
     
  3. MungoSummer

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    Yes, that is what I have been doing. Should I have been rolling them a quarter turn? I will carry on correctly and see what happens. Thanks for the prompt reply.
     
  4. MungoSummer

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    This is what the Brinsea instructions say:
    7 Egg Turning
    7.1 Mark each egg with a pencil “X” one side and “O” the other. This ensures that you can see which eggs you have turned. Turn three times a day starting on the second day.
    7.2 Always turn about the pointed end to reduce the chance of damaging the internal structures of the egg.

    However a video on Brinsea site says to mark the eggs with an X on one side at 10 O'Clock and the O at 2 O'Clock, then roll between the X and O alternately.
    How do other people turn please?
     
  5. et22

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    The way to correctly turn eggs manually is to lay them on their sides and put a x on one side. Turn it 180 degrees 3 times a day. So if the x is facing up one time the next time you turn it so the x is facing down. You don't turn it from facing one wall to another. Your rolling it so the x is either facing up or down.

    Hope this helps!
     
  6. MungoSummer

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    That's great - thank you very much. Will do this and see if there is an improvement. Weird about the Brinsea instructions! Cheers.
     

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