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Best Way to Turn Eggs w/o Turner?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mylilchix, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    I'm just wondering what the most effective way to turn eggs w/o a turner? My first batch of eggs is due to hatch tomorrow, and I have more to put in the bator once it's free again. This time I tried the egg carton method, but I'd like to know if there are other successful methods.


  2. peckndirt

    peckndirt Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    North Carolina
    I put a cotton glove on and turn them with my hand when I use the small bator.
  3. TexasVet

    TexasVet Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    I mark a 1 on one side and a 2 on the other. When it's time to turn them, I just roll the eggs until the other number shows up. I used to pick them up one at at time, but after I dropped a couple I decided that rolling them was a better option.

    Kathy in Texas
  4. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Quote:Have you had good hatches doing that? I was thinking about trying it that way.
  5. spook

    spook Songster

    Yes, I will put the date and actually the name of the person if not my own. Usually a X and a O in pencil is what we have done.

    This batch I'm doing I don't have a turner, so I placed the eggs in the covers to egg cartons, it seems to have a hold place for eggs, so I place point down, when it comes to "turning" I slant the round side towards the door, then a couple hours later and slant them towards the back of the bator.
    Eh, each few hours I slant them different ways, never turning end over end, it can change direction of the chicks head (so I've read)

    On the final 3 days when you stop turning them, I will place them in the bottom of the egg carton and see what happens!

    I hope my babble helps you out! Happy Hatching!!! [​IMG]
  6. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Thank you for all of the advice. I think I'll try a different method with the next batch of eggs.

  7. cackle

    cackle Songster

    Jul 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Quote:Have you had good hatches doing that? I was thinking about trying it that way.

    Why do you need a cotton glove? Is it bad to turn with your bare hand?

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