Has anyone used the paper mache egg trays in cabinet incubators?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by littlefeathers, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. littlefeathers

    littlefeathers New Egg

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    Hi, I am putting eggs in new cabinet incubator and I ordered chicken egg trays. The English orpington eggs are too large (I am afraid to push them in too much & they will definitely touch if I can even do this!) I have some larger paper mache' trays and see online that you can cut holes in them, but I would be more confident if someone has some experience. I also need to add some peafowl eggs today, so I need a larger tray! Thanks!
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    yes you may

    I have used them and I have seen loads of photos of peoples incubators with paper trays.
     
  3. tonstevens

    tonstevens Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you take the eggs out of the egg cartons on lockdown or keep them in? I have 22 eggs in egg cartons so far so good but Sunday is lockdown for me and not sure if I need to take them out and lay them flat.
     
  4. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    I use them also.
     
  5. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    I leave mine in the egg cartons
     
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    i hatch several breeds at once soi transfer to baskets and lay them down.

    many people swear by hatching in cartons though
     
  7. tonstevens

    tonstevens Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thank you ! :)
     
  8. Klutch

    Klutch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am using them now in DIY coolerbator. I open a hole in the middle part to get more exposed egg surface. I also turned it upside so the eggs don't sit down in the cup.
    I put them in, 02/0214, one has hatched today with several starting to pip.
     
  9. littlefeathers

    littlefeathers New Egg

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    Thanks so much! I did cut out the bottom to allow more air circulation and I will remove them and lay flat for lockdown. Another adventure :)
     

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