Detached aircells... how should I position the eggs for lockdown?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Greg in Carpinteria, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Greg in Carpinteria

    Greg in Carpinteria Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2010
    Hi All,

    I'm incubating some eggs that had a rough time during shipping, the majority had detached air cells. I'm a few days until lockdown and 6 of 11 are developing nicely. For lockdown should I lay the eggs on their sides as usual, or is is better to put them pointy end down in an egg carton? I'm using a GQF Hovabator with the auto turner, so the eggs have been 'mostly' vertical so far.
    I want to do everything possible to help out these survivors, so any tips are much appreciated.

  2. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    by lockdown those air cells aren't roaming around anymore..

    so really it's your choice as to how you position them..

    once they start hatching their buddies will bump and roll them around if they get half a chance (which usually encourages the others to try to hatch IMHO)

    My incubators are pretty much "standing room only" at the start of lockdown.. so I usually start them upright and as I remove shells and chicks lay the rest down on their sides as soon as there is enough room.. but that's just me.. lol

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