Hand turning or auto turner?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PrinceSandwich, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. PrinceSandwich

    PrinceSandwich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know people say hand turning is better for waterfowl eggs, but is there a big differance in the hatch rate between hand turning and auto turning?
     
  2. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2010
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    I can't give advice from personal experience but it seems like every time i read a thread on here that has to do with hatching success the greater percentage is with hand turning. Hand turning allows the egg to lay on its side in a normal position and the eggs get fully turned unlike a turner that just tilts side to side.
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My personal experience is that there is no difference.
     
  4. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    I have a roll turner in my current incubator, I would not have bought a model that did not tun eggs in this way. With the last incubator I hand turned them as I did find a better hatch rate when the eggs lay on their sides.

    Very generally speaking- as I havent kept exact records- but I got around 80 % hatchrate in a turner as apposed to 90 % hatchrate when the eggs are hand turned or rolled by the current turner I have in my incubator.
     
  5. critterranch

    critterranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what brand is your rolling tuner? how many times a day you hand turn?
     
  6. duckfat

    duckfat Out Of The Brooder

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    Commercial hatcheries for pekin ducks use auto-turners. The hatch rates are excellent.
     
  7. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    This is what I am currently using for my duck eggs. The brand is IM .

    Since buying this machine I have averaged a 95% hatchrate. The setting I use is for the eggs to be rolled every four hours.

    http://www.incubatorsandmore.com.au/im web/35A.htm

    When hand turning in the last incubator I turned them 3 times a day.
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011

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