Hand Turning Vs. Egg Turner

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ThebigE, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. ThebigE

    ThebigE Out Of The Brooder

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    I set 2 duck eggs 31 days ago and I am wondering if hand turning is better, I had both eggs hatch I have also set 9 more eggs and I only had 1 not developing so I got rid of it, I am pretty sure that is because that egg was washed, but I was wondering if anybody else has had great hatches by hand turning, I am starting to believe that turners turn too slowly and not enough
     
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    It can depend alot on the type of turner you are using. There are those where the eggs it upright in a cup, and slowly swing through an angle - or those that at a given time turn through 90 degrees - and those that are a roll turner- allowing the egs to still be on their sides- the same as if being hand turned.

    With the machine I use- it has the roll turner and I can adjust the timer so that it turns as frequently as I want. I have gotten the best hatches since I started incubating with my current machine- with most hatches being 100% as apposed to poorer hatches when hand turning in a hovabator.

    Having the eggs laying on their sides does seen to give a much better hatch result- when the eggs are turned often enough.
     

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