another mistake?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rhaj, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. rhaj

    rhaj Songster

    May 30, 2010
    NE'ern Connecticut
    Along with too high humidity caused from not removing the vent plugs [​IMG] I just read that the egg was supposed to be large end up...? I just put he egg in there (and turned it), but it's laying on its side. Was I supposed to put it IN something that would keep the large end up?

    ...and if baby IS in the wrong end when it tries to hatch, is there anything to do to help it?
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing 11 Years

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    Big end up if in an auto tuner that holds them vertically. If you are handturning then they are on their sides.

  3. perolane

    perolane Songster

    Jun 20, 2010
    If they're in an automatic turner...small end down. If you're turning by hand, they would be lying on their sides.

    (Sorry Matt...I think we posted at the same time)
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2010
  4. rhaj

    rhaj Songster

    May 30, 2010
    NE'ern Connecticut
    oh phew, I am hand turning. Thanks [​IMG]

    So just that one (very big) mistake then.
  5. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Songster

    May 7, 2010
    At My Desk!
    Some people without automatic egg turners will use egg cartons so that they can set the eggs with the large end up. "Turning" is done by propping one side of the carton up or the other up. One reason to do this is when receiving shipped eggs with loose air cells. It helps to stabilize them. Eggs are supposed to be set with the large end up but they hatch just fine laying on their sides. I have gotten 100% hatch rates that way. No need to set them large end up if you are turning by hand.
  6. crossedwires

    crossedwires Chirping

    Jan 19, 2010
    makes you wonder how a chicken manages to keep them large end up for 21 days [​IMG] [​IMG] i must have lazy hens as mine seem to lay them on there side:he
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2010
  7. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Songster

    May 4, 2010
    West Cork, Ireland
    On their side is fine. It will naturally lie with the small end slightly lower at this point anyway. The whole pointy-end-down advice is for those using cartons or turners so that they don't put it in completely upside down! I incubate eggs on their sides and transfer to a carton for hatching. I cut the bottoms out so it's more a series of rings for the eggs, I find it helps with space for the chick to zip and rock the egg a little, and with air flow. I got lazy with my last lot and just punched holes in the bottoms of the cartons and didn't have as good a hatch rate as cutting out the bottoms. I also tried putting 5 lying down and only got three hatched. So, cartonsa ll the way for me from now on!

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