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hatch on side or upright???? ?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quail98, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. quail98

    quail98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thinking about trying to hatch in cartons up right
    Ive always laid them on sides may try half one side and half in cartons
    Is this a bad idea any input will b great
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Lots of people hatch in egg cartons. Many of the big hatcheries do this. It's purpose is to keep the chicks from downing. I personally prefer to let them hatch naturally on their sides. I find that upright hatches are harder for the chicks to get out of the egg. It is hard enough to zip out and being upright can make it harder. But all this is personal preference for you.
     
  3. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My last hatch (first hatch) I put them in the turner from days 1-17 and on days 18-21 I moved them into egg cartons. Out of the 9 eggs that made it to lockdown alive, 9 ended up hatching! I've also heard that the way you have them lain on days 1-17 is the way they should be during lockdown. For example, if your eggs are on their side for the first 17 days, hen they should be on their side for lockdown.
     
  4. quail98

    quail98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your opinions anyone else wana share?
     
  5. Kylesquails

    Kylesquails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i,ve been hatching in cartons, i find the eggs don,t get knocked around by the early hatclings that way.
     
  6. quail98

    quail98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK I may try it then
     

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