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(another) turning question...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shelleyd2008, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    My OEG hen has been setting for 11 days. About a week ago I found 2 eggs in the morning, and 3 in the evening, that had been bumped out of the nest. I think there was another hen trying to lay eggs with her, and the eggs got bumped out in the scuffle. I brought those eggs inside, but didn't have much hope. They were ice cold when I found them.

    I put them in the bator, and 4 are definitely developing! [​IMG]

    The problem I have is that they don't look like they are at 11 days of incubation. They look more like they are around 7?
    When it comes time for their original due date, should I stop turning them? They are in an automatic turner now. I was thinking I should put them on their sides and turn them by hand a few times a day? Or will they be OK to stop turning if they are a few days behind?
  2. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Songster

    Aug 15, 2008
    I would think they would be okay to stop turning. The most crutial part of development is when they are just starting out, so the yolk doesn't get stuck to the shell.
    However, I'm new to incubation so it's just my inexperienced opinon. (which may be wrong)[​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    That's what I was thinking, but I wasn't sure which way would be worse, to turn them too long, or not long enough.
  4. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    I have turned my eggs up to the time of hatching. It is recommended not to turn the eggs 3 days prior to the hatch date. I miss counted on my days one time and turned them to the day they hatched. The hatch was fine. Good Luck
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2008

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