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Easy Turning w/out an Auto Turner...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by UrbanMama, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

    Sep 27, 2008
    Redhen and I went in on a couple of hundred Texas A & M quail eggs (turned out to be a few hundred! [​IMG] ) And I've been trying to show her how you can hand turn...w/out turning each egg by hand. I didn't know if the info could be of use to others...so I decided to post it here...

    Line the bottom of your bator with non-skid shelf liner and then put your eggs into cartons.

    Here's mine...


    Notice the sponges...instead of putting water in the bottom wells of the bator, I use sponges to add the necessary humidity (and just re-moisten them as needed)

    Now just prop one end of the bator up on a brick....


    And a few hours later, switch the brick to the other side of the bator. (I also put a strip of non-skid shelf liner under each side of my bator to make sure the side w/out the brick doesn't slide)

    There you have it folks...easy turning w/out the auto turners! (My goodness, could you imagine hand turning all those eggs? [​IMG] )
  2. kick'n chick'n

    kick'n chick'n Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    good idea [​IMG]
  3. bantamman13

    bantamman13 Songster

    May 27, 2008
    Thats just darn right nifty.lol Great idea makes it much simpler wish I had thought of that.
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Smart! Smart! I love it! My bator is cooped up in a shelf so i cant do that but when i finanlly have more room that's a wonderful idea! [​IMG]

    purty eggies btw!
  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    This works real well. I have done it before when I had a lot of eggs [​IMG]
  6. Griffox

    Griffox Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    Harrodsburg, KY
    Wow! That's so simple! I feel like a real dummy for thinking I just HAD to have an auto turner. [​IMG]
  7. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    that is pure genius. simplistic, time and money saving! thanks for sharing something very useful!
  8. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member 11 Years

    How ironic... not 10 mins ago I pulled out the Hova-Bator circulated air model we've not used yet. I was reading instructions and saw, ""be sure no direct sunlight strikes the incubator and that it sets level."

    Not sure if that effects the performance of the one we have, or if that is just put in there to cover their ends.

    If it doesn't impact the incubator performance, then this sounds like a great idea!
  9. kick'n chick'n

    kick'n chick'n Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    you need to keep them level when you have water in the bottom wells. since she is using sponges water wont leak out of the over flow hole in the bottom of bator. performance wont be hinder if angled.[​IMG]
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    ...[​IMG]..i may die during this!....LOL..my first hatch and i have over 100 eggs!...[​IMG]....ooh well..this will be a learnig experience for sure!....[​IMG]....i hope at least 1 makes it...[​IMG]....

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