Drowning in Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by crazy chook, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I leave the eggs in egg cartons to hatch, do they have a greater chance of drowning? Should I now lay them down for lockdown?

    Eggs are at day 17 in a Homemade incubator, fan forced. Temp steady, humidity to day 18 40-45% lockdown at 60-65%

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  2. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone, I am about to lockdown. [​IMG]
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I always set mine with the fat end up in cut out cartons to hatch. I think it's easier for them... although I had some hatch under a broody on their sides.

    The cartons keeps the early hatchers from playing soccer with the remaining eggs.
     
  4. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I left half of them in the cartons and layed the others down, Will see how we go...[​IMG]
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I've hatched with the eggs laying on the sides as recommended by the incubator manufacturer, and they did OK but they could have done better. My next hatch I'll do like you, put half in a carton and leave half on their sides just to see what happens. The results of just one hatch is not conclusive, but if you get a few results from a few different hatches, you start to get a trend. Please let us know what happens.
     
  6. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    I hatch mine laying on their sides, but I think I may try a couple in a carton next hatch.... They're in a turner and they've positioned themselves vertically during that whole time. I've also had a problem with chicks pipping on the bottom and I haven't been able to see them, so they've died when they've been on their sides. I think vertically will probably keep this from happening or cut down on it.
     
  7. mlove

    mlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please let us know how your hatch goes. I'm curious to see what ratio you get in the carton vs on their sides.
     
  8. Lesalynn

    Lesalynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which type of carton is it better to use?? Cardboard or what?
     
  9. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Styrofoam doesn't absorb as much moisture..good luck and keep us posted
     
  10. pkw

    pkw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 36 eggs that was on their sides the entire time in my last hatch. I had a wonderful hatch with these babies. I wish I had a camera so you guys could see how adorable my babies are. They are pure rhode island reds, buff turkens, red turkens and black turkens.
     

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