Auto turners or hand

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dustponds10, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. dustponds10

    dustponds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Rigby, Id
    Well I am sure that there are a ton of these questions but I am wondering how many of you like to use auto turners and how many of you like to turn them by hand. If you turn them by hand how many times a day do you turn them? Thanks for all your help and it will help me out with my incubation problem. Thanks all
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, auto turners, fer sure!
  3. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    auto turners are nice, but i just hatched 13 out of 15 turning by hand 2 times a day in my homemade incubator, but auto turners are the way to go.
  4. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    I like auto turners much better. I have 2 bators, one has a turner the other doesn't. I hate having to remember to turn eggs, plus I have to open the bator and let all the humidity out 3 x's a day.
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I do both. I have 2 bators with turners and I have 2 that I have to hand turn. If you have the time hand turning does just fine. I try to do 3 times a day. Morning around 8, afternoon around 2 or so and right before bedtime at 11. Sometimes I can't turn 3 times and they hatch out without problems.
  6. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    I don't have an auto turner so I just turn by hand. I open the 'bator and talk to them softly while I'm turning. I think they already know me when they hatch! (Well, maybe) I turn them 3 to 5 times a day; usually 3 during the week when I'm at work and about 5 on the weekends. Nobody's been stuck or squished so far...
  7. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a Brinsea Eco 20 without the auto turner. You don't open it to turn the eggs, just turn the whole unit. I like that and have been very happy with my hatch rates.

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