Carton or no carton

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GreenGoddess, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    ok.. I go into lockdown in 6 days and figured I'd better ask this question now...

    I have used the carton method for hatching before and absolutely love it... However.... I have a Hova Bator that is FULL of eggs in cartons.. All but a dozen will be hatching on or around the 28th..

    I do have a way to "turn" the eggs that are in a later hatch if I absolutely need to no matter how I do this so that is not an issue... But since there would be absolutely no walk room in the bator for any hatched chicks, is it safe for them to be walking only on the cartons or do i need to go ahead and take those out of the cartons so they can walk on the floor...

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  2. Cornychick

    Cornychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the cartons also. The only thing that I would be concerned about is having it be so full that there are egg loaded cartons directly under the heating element. I have had a chick singe her eye that way when she was walking around on top of the other eggs yet to hatch.
     
  3. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Quote:You know, I didn't even think of that!! Thanks for pointing that out... Ok... Out of the cartons they will go for lockdown....

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  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I've never had that problem before, but I always use cartons now. Otherwise it's chick pinball/bowling in there, and I've had ones try and pip upside down before, then die due to the lack of strength to emerge out of an egg facing the ground.
     
  5. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Quote:Did the cartons fill the entire bator or is there room on the floor once they hatch?

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  6. cedar post

    cedar post Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm useing cartons for the first time just went into lockdown yesterday. I'll check back tomorrow and let you know how it went. No the cartons don't fill the entire bator.
     
  7. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Quote:See, that's where my problem lies... The cartons in the bator go from edge to edge and there is absolutely no floor showing (unless you count what you can see through the clear plastic carton lol)... So, if I use the carton method, after they hatch they will be walking all over the top of the cartons/eggs...

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  8. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    I am trying the cartoon technique for the first time. Using the Brinsea Eco, so it is pretty full.
    The Brinsea has a plastic ceiling that seperates the heating area from the incubation chamber so I do not think there is any danger of a chick being singed.
    So far I am loving my new Brinsea bator. [​IMG]
     
  9. valley ranch

    valley ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Trying to decide the same thing myself, carton or not. Lockdown is two days away.

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    Last edited: Jan 19, 2011
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:Did the cartons fill the entire bator or is there room on the floor once they hatch?

    Goddess [​IMG]

    In most cases there was very little room, which brings me to the one flaw I always ran into - Chicks getting caught between or under cartons. Big worry of mine. Each hatch I try a new method to try and prevent this. Naturally a chick should be fine, but it truly worries me a lot, especially if I spent good money on the eggs.
     

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