hand turning eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Christine21656, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Christine21656

    Christine21656 Chirping

    Jan 26, 2010
    Oakdale, MN/Somerset, WI
    I'm planning on starting my first hatch next week [​IMG] But I don't understand the turning. I will be hand turning, and I was thinking I would have the eggs in an egg carton the whole time, and tilt one end of the carton up 3-5 times a day.. but do they need to be horizontal to turn them? Should I just lay them on the bottom of the incubator with no carton?
  2. syble

    syble Songster

    Jan 10, 2011
    lay them on the side put an x on one side with pencil. turn them a half turn 3 -4 times a day.
  3. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    What I did is cut the lid off of a carton and cut the bottoms of the egg compartments out for airflow. Then I attached half plastic bottles on to the bottom. I used small yogurt drink bottles, halved lengthwise. The eggs are in small side up, marked with an X, just to be sure. A few times a day I moved the carton to the other side- rolling it really. It moves them about 45*.

    Mind you this is my first hatch. Lockdown today!

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