Egg turner broken in LG, How do I turn eggs w/o losing temp

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ctcasper, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. ctcasper

    ctcasper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering how you are suppose to keep a constant temp in the incubator when you have to open it and turn eggs three times a day and everything I am reading says that the Little Giants are really temperature finicky. I thought maybe it would be easier to do the turning fast like ifI used the egg carton method. Anyone have any thoughts if that is true, and where is there a how to for the egg carton method, I know it is prob somewhere on this great site, but couldn't find it.

    Thanks a bundle.
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If its the motor that broke then remove it an push the turner from one side to the other manually with a stick threw the vent hole.
     
  3. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

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    Is thebator a table top one? If so I'd just raise the whole thing a couple inches on one side and then the other a couple times a day. Just not so high that any water in the bottom spills.

    Maybe some LG owners would have better ideas.
     
  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    I have my eggs in my LG still air in cartons and I turn the whole bator. I foudn with this though that the heat rises on the side that is up so the eggs at the bottom are a degree or so lower and the ones on top are a degree or so higher, I dont find this to be a problem and Have one hatched 14 on day 19 , 11 on day 14 and some more in the earler stages of gestation. I tend to turn 5 times most the time instead of 3 that way one end isnt up or down as long. Good luck.
     
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The broody gets up to turn her eggs, opening bator for a couple minutes will not hurt. Doing them in a egg carton will speed it up, but either way will work.
     
  6. ctcasper

    ctcasper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rebelcowboy - It is the motor that is broken, so I tried what you said and it worked like a charm, just stuck the long end of a wooden spoon through the hole and voila, thanks so much, that's one less problem to worry about.
     
  7. Pagemaker

    Pagemaker Out Of The Brooder

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    That was an excellent tip about turning the auto turner manually.
    I don't think the auto turners turn fast enough to actually do the embryo any good.
    Also you don't have to worry about opening the incubator once a day. Even the setting hen will leave her nest daily to eat and take a dust bath.... or drink .... whatever she needs.
     

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