BREEDING FOR PRODUCTION...EGGS AND OR MEAT.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hellbender, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. bmvf

    bmvf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was looking for information regarding egg positioning at hatch. Since I'm using an auto turner should I remove the turner and put the eggs on their sides for the last 3 days? No turning correct?
     
  2. bnjrob

    bnjrob Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, remove the turner. They need to be able to get into position to be able to quickly get to air for hatching. You can put them on their sides if that works for you.

    I have found that I like to keep them upright, big end up just like in the turner. It helps keep them from rolling around so much, they seem to get better traction to shove the shell off of themselves instead of wasting so much time and energy rolling around. And once one or two hatches, the chicks can get rambunctious and start rolling the unhatched eggs all over the place. I cut an egg carton into sections, cut a hole in the bottom of each egg compartment, so that air can get through to most parts of the eggs, and stick the eggs in.
     
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  3. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    Like this:

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    The tops are cut off to allow for air flow.
     
  4. Heron's Nest Farm

    Heron's Nest Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm about to do my first incubator hatch. ALways done hen hatching.

    Bought one with an auto turner. It seems to be keeping them tilted to the right and then every 2 hours slowly turns them left and then back to the right. Is this correct? Seems like the should stay left and then stay right (I mean for 2 hours each side).

    What do your do? I posted a thread que on this so sorry if you already responded.

    I need to know in case I should contact company.
     
  5. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    The eggs need to tilt to the correct angle three or more times a day.

    It sounds like the turner is working correctly for you.

    Added: The purpose of tilting is to make the embryo develop evenly in the shell. If the egg was never turned, the blood vessels would be on one side and that will cause some embryos to die. Turning also helps with the development of the chick--without turning, there can be some birth defects.

    Have a great hatch!
     
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  6. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    the egg should tilt right for two hours then left for two hours, contact the company and describe what you are seeing to them.
     
  7. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    if I understand.....the wider the egg the better the hen would be the correlation (not total weight of egg)
     
  8. Heron's Nest Farm

    Heron's Nest Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I thought so! That's what I see my hen do!!!!

    Seems like incubator hatching will be stressful.
     
  9. chickadoodles

    chickadoodles Chicken Obsessed

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  10. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] That is a good reason to have northern breeds down south--They will lay with less day light.

    Both breeds are great!
     

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