? Can egg change position from standing to lying down for hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mediazeal, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the eggs have been standing in egg cartons for 18 days, is it ok to lay them on their sides to hatch?
     
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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Did you turn them by hand? Did you tilt the bator or the cartons?

    I have an auto turner, so I'll be putting them in cartons on day 18-19
     
  3. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They are in the Brinsea 20, so the autoturner is a cradle that slowly rocks the entire incubator. Since they were shipped eggs, I wanted them upright for the first 18 days, but I think I should take them out of the cartons to make more room for hatching. I want to know if I can change their position from upright to lying on their sides.

    So will it hurt them to go from upright to lying down?

    I just want the peeps to be able to pip and pop out for play and pooping and hang with their peoples.
     
  4. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to hatch them in an egg carton. All of wellie eggs have detached air sacs so I am afraid that if i lay them on their side the chickies won't be able to find the air sac
     
  5. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That makes sense

    But mine have been 'standing' for 18 days and the incubator rocks so they have been like in a autoturner.

    When you guys take the eggs out of the autoturner, do you have to leave them in the position they were in so move them to egg cartons?
    Or do you lie them down on their sides?
    Does it make a difference for the hatch?
    Are they positioned for hatch in the standing up position or better to lie down?

    The incubator space is small (Brinsea 20) and I'm worried if I do not take them out of the cartons it will be too crowded for hatching.

    I have to decide since tomorrow morning is day 18 and I have to place them for hatching
    help!
     

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