Do I have to buy the egg turner?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JulieZ, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. JulieZ

    JulieZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bought my 1st LG incubator a few hours ago. Do I "have too" buy the egg turner or can I turn the eggs 2-3 times a day on my own as they lay on the metal screen? Seems I should make some kind of something to hold the eggs?

    I've read so much & thought I had it until the LG arrived home. Where it went after that .... [​IMG]
     
  2. kbeagle

    kbeagle CHICKEN AND QUAIL LADY

    Quote:You would need to turn the eggs 2-3 timea a day, but i would suggest to you to get a egg turner, and make your life easier. and with the egg turner, all u have to do is check on the water. trust me. GET A AUTO EGG TURNER. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. abooth

    abooth Chillin' With My Peeps

    I always turned by hand when I used an incubator. They say you should turn an odd number of times per day 3 or 5. This is so the eggs don't sit on the same side through the longer overnight period every night. I just laid the eggs on their sides and marked one side of each egg with an X and one side with an O to help keep track of the side.
     
  4. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    You can, & I have turned the eggs by hand. If you buy the turner, you'll be glad you did. It gets tireing turning 3 times a day after a while, & every time you lift the lid to turn the eggs, your humidity is lost. Get the turner. [​IMG]
     
  5. JulieZ

    JulieZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this insane or what? Spending $40 for one part of an incubator, then another $40 for the other & that's on the cheap end ... all for chickens? [​IMG]

    I kind of like the personal side of turning the eggs myself B-U-T .............
     
  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Me too but the first coupla hatches I did there were only 30-40 eggs I work for myself and in between calls I turned the eggs the one hatch where I was turning 68 eggs that is what caused me to shoot the lock off my wallet and buy a auto turner. the last coupla hatches have been so uneventful the last 2 hatches I have had 100% hatches with a hova bator and homemade hatchers [​IMG] good luck
     
  7. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    It all depends. I tried to turn by hand first. I am too scatterbrained for this. I kept forgetting to turn them. I bought a turner and I couldnt be happier. I think it depends on how many irons you have in the fire and how well your memory works.
     
  8. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use card board egg cartons. I cut the tops off and place them in the bator with some space between them. I tilt them to one side and then the other side and then I lay them flat. That is how I turn my eggs 3 or 5 times a day.... I use a twig under the edge to tilt them. Very easy easy. and they hatch in the egg carton too.... WOW.... so much less mess
     
  9. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I would recommend one ,especially with a LG they are so touchy that just taking off the lid can cause unwanted fluxuations and worries.

    I even added water to mine threw a tube i keep in there so i did not have to open it to add water.

    I mainly use mine for a hatcher, as i have a hovabator also.

    Good luck, [​IMG]
     
  10. BirdLova

    BirdLova New Egg

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    ahhhhh! I am going crazy, trying to figure out the right way to hatch my expensive peacock eggs. This is my first batch, and yes I have already made the mistake of getting "good" eggs for my first run. [​IMG]

    Although this website is a Great help, there seems to be So many inconsistantcies in the "right" way to do things.

    -let mail order eggs settle 24 hours/ 6 hours/ and lady who sold me eggs says "get them in the bator asap!"
    -humidity 30% / 90% and one lady who sold me eggs says just "keep the water tray full all the time" LOL
    -turn eggs by hand 3 times a day Even with a auto turner/ use an auto turner and never open the bator unless it need water

    I have a 1588 so it has a fan, but I am not sure if I should buy the auto turner,
    I can remember to turn by hand, but probably not at the exact same time everyday;
    if I do buy it, should I still hand turn eggs daily also?
    And with or without the auto turner, hand turning the eggs 3 times a day will drop the temp and humidity, so will this be a problem?

    It seems like some folks get great results just using a cardboard egg carton and twig to tilt it back and forth, but can it be that simple to get a good hatch rate with all birds?

    Anybody reccomend a good reference book that list proven hatch rates and results for time tested methods for incubating and brooding peafoul?

    Thanks!

    ps- sorry I don't see a spell check tab here
     

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