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automatic turner vs. hand turning

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken_boy_Kurt, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    Personally I enjoy hand turning because it gives me a reason to candle them and check their progress, and its more interactive. But has anyone had any signifigantly better hatches using automatic turners?
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I do both and see no difference in the hatch rates...I like hand turning the best too....
     
  3. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
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    Hand turning a few was fun to me, but this time I have 40+ eggs in the bator. It would take way to long with the lid open for me to turn this many. Saves on room too [​IMG]
     
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  4. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    how many times a day should you hand turn?
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    You turn odd number of times...I like 3, I turn around 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., anywhere along those times... some turn 5 times...
     
  6. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    I turned 24 eggs by hand my first time I ever incubated. And I got 22 peeps. Hens turn the eggs 95 times a day (on average), so I am surprised that theres no dif.
     
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  7. herfrds

    herfrds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried an automatic turner last year and this year and my hatch rate was less then half.
    Now I was also turning by hand in another incubator and out of 9 duck eggs I have lost 1 and have all the rest either out of the shell or pipping right now.

    I do not think I will use the atuomatic again.
     

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