Do chicken eggs need to be turned?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MrRoy, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. MrRoy

    MrRoy Out Of The Brooder

    34
    0
    22
    Jan 14, 2010
    Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    If so, starting when and how often? Will a broody hen do this herself?
     
  2. marytoast

    marytoast Chillin' With My Peeps

    783
    1
    141
    Dec 31, 2008
    Carthage, NC
    If you eggs are under a broody, she will turn them. [​IMG]
     
  3. kman

    kman Chillin' With My Peeps

    107
    0
    99
    Nov 24, 2009
    hattiesburg,MS
    if not under a hen then you will need to turn them 3 times a day
     
  4. bigstack

    bigstack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Texarkana, TX
    the hen should take care of her own eggs. If in a bator with no turner then turn them every 6-8 hours. this prevents the yolk from settling to one side and sticking to the shell. If in an egg carton or in the bator I have seen people just tilt the whole thing. Putting a brick or something under 1 side then moving it to the other every 6-8 hours. If the eggs are loose in the bator becareful of the eggs sliding into each other.

    Good luck and God Bless!
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    30,361
    151
    446
    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If you are incubating, that's a big 10-4. Yes.
     
  6. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    440
    9
    111
    Dec 22, 2009
    Setting hens are natural incubators and they know what to do. Best hens to set are Silkies and Cochins from my experiences. [​IMG]
     
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    9,572
    374
    326
    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I've read somewhere that a hen turns her eggs on average 26 times a day.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by