After day 18 how do you place your eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JWBFARM, Mar 31, 2015.


    JWBFARM New Egg

    Jan 15, 2015
    I am having issues after lockdown. I will get a chick to pip out and push some of the other eggs pip holes upside down causing the unhatched chick to drown. Any suggestions or what do you do to your eggs?
  2. BobMcDuff

    BobMcDuff Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2015
    South Jersey, USA
    Some people hatch eggs standing upright in cut down egg cartons. I was contemplating either that, or maybe taking a papertowl roll and cutting short "rings" out of it for each egg to have one to sit on to keep it stable. I am new to this though, haven't tried either. Maybe someone can offer help on the carton method, or even lend a thought to the ring idea.
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY

    Cut down egg cartons is the way most people who are worried about that go. The cut down paper towel roll has merit if they are wide enough to keep the chicks from knocking them over and if all your eggs are big enough to sit in the ring. It'd be interesting to see how the cardboard stood up in humid conditions though. I'd be a bit worried the moisture would compromise the stability.
  4. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    I have used cut down paper cartons and can normally get a few hatches out of a carton.

    JWBFARM New Egg

    Jan 15, 2015
    Thank you the last hatch I lost to many chicks because of this. I will try this method and see what happens.
  6. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    I personally do not feel this is your problem and the reason I say that is I have hatch 1000's in the last 8-10 months. My eggs get moved around, knocked every where and I have a High hatch rate---usually 95 to 100%---example 122 in the hatcher, 121 hatched----even the egg that did not hatch I felt it would not when I put it in on day 18. BUT if YOU feel this is your problem you have gotten some suggestions on what to do!

    If I was going to make something to stop the eggs from rolling---I would use a electric mitre saw and saw off about 1/4" thick pieces of PVC pipe---making enough "rings" for my incubator. You can cut different size pvc pipe for different size rings for different size eggs------you can even heat these rings in hot water for a few seconds then hold them in a oval shape with your tongs for a few seconds as they cool to create a Oval shape to fit your eggs better. Good Luck with your future hatches
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2015
  7. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 16, 2014
    SE Michigan
    Chicks stumbling around and rolling eggs hasn't caused me any problems yet either. I use shelf liner on the wire bottom and they get bumped and rolled. I think crowding would be a worse issue, if the floor was wall to wall eggs with no room to push out. I leave plenty of room in the hatcher drawers, no more than 60% of the bottom covered with eggs. But I am sure that many have hatched in completely full trays with great success as well.

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