Carton Method

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tripp, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Tripp

    Tripp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could someone educate me on the carton method?

    I am on my second hatch and have 8 of 12 eggs fertile candled them yesterday, and was wondering if I would get better results from the carton method...



    Tripp:cool:
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I started hatching in egg cartons last winter and my hatch rates have went way up since then. I'll never go back to laying them on their sides to hatch. The first chicks hatched don't bowl the remaining eggs around and I think they pip and then zip much faster than on their sides.
     
  3. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like this method so much better.
    I think it is much easier for them to get out of the egg, they have the leverage and don't roll all over the place.
    Its somewhat cleaner, you just take the carton out and toss the mess.
    It doesn't completely eliminate the mess but it reduces it.
     
  4. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Wow what a great idea! You guys are thinking! I am gonna try that on my remaining eggs due to hatch in a week.
     
  5. chickenandabiscuit

    chickenandabiscuit Out Of The Brooder

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    You also can spot the pips easier using a carton. They are usually right on top. I cut holes in the bottom of my cartons, but its not necessary. I just think it gives it a little more air flow around the egg, kinda like the hole in a bottom of a turner. I just used this method for the first time last week and the hatch did go faster than others.
     
  6. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cartons seem to go smoother over here as well. I won't be laying any eggs on their sides anymore.
     
  7. Tripp

    Tripp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you do it which end up and how do you turn the eggs?
     
  8. chickenandabiscuit

    chickenandabiscuit Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh! I'm sorry. When we are talking about the egg carton method, we mean the 3 days before the hatch. I use automatic turners until then. Then I place them in the bottom part (egg cup portion) of a egg carton where I do not turn them.
    I guess if you didn't have a turner you could prop them up with something on one end of the carton and alternate it 3 times a day at least.
    I think an automatic turner is a great investment though. My hatch rates have really improved and it makes incubating less of a chore. I think you can find them for 40 bucks and under.
    Also big end up (air cell) always.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2008
  9. Tripp

    Tripp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for going into detail for me....

    Tripp
     
  10. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    You can prop up different sides of a carton to turn them and hatch that way but it's not suggested for still air incubators. The eggs higher up will receive more heat than the ones lower down. I do think I'm going to try it for button quail eggs though. They are so tiny and difficult to turn and I don't have a turner. For the chickens I've only placed them in the carton after I stopped turning.
     

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