benefeits of egg turner?Any feedback?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by can you hear me now?, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. [​IMG]I am going to try my hand at incubating eggs for the first time soon. I will have to use my own methods and have been reading for quite awhile about how to incubate eggs correctly. Later down the road i wand to but an incubator that i found at the feed store but i want to know if buying the egg turner is going to be worth the 42 dollars they want for it or if I may just want to keep with the method i plan to use since i plan to candle my eggs from time to time to see what the progression is. Any feedback would be much appreciated. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

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    bying egg turners increases hatch rate and is benificial because it takes the burden off u and is more efficient. $42 is not that much
     
  3. Now does it increas it because of less opening?Or is it because of the possibility of being too rough for the embryo?Or just a mixture of all of that?
     
  4. goatkeepers

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    I would say a combination of both. [​IMG] Especially in the first week, the embryo is really fragile. And I'm sure you know, the less you open your 'bator, the more stable the temps stay. I sure found that out. *lol*
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

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    The less you handle the eggs the better off they are. Seriously, after a few hatches the novelty of hand turning wears off rather quick. You really have to be diligent and commit yourself to the task at least 3 times a day for those first 18 days. No forgetting, no I can't be home to do it, no I'll skip it today and get back to it tomorrow, etc.

    Buy the turner. Make peace for yourself. Just look in the bator once a day to see if it needs water and walk away. [​IMG]
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I have great hatch rates doing both...hand turning sometimes 100% with my own chickens and eggs shipped in...Same with the turner.....You have to be commited to hand turning 3 or 5 times a day which I have no problem with...I enjoy hand turning the best..
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

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    Quote:That's why I think you are the bee's kness, TOH! You enjoy the TLC eggs need. [​IMG]
     
  8. Lee

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    Yes, indeed, the egg turner is worth the price!
     
  9. Struttn1

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    The turner is the best invention since the incubator.
     
  10. Mom 2em All

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    When I only had a dozen eggs in the incubator- it was no big deal to turn them three times a day...when that number went to 42 in the incubator, it became a chore.

    My turner is wonderful- all the fun of incubating, without the work of marking x's and o's and turning carefully-just to have them roll erratically while you are turning.
     

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