hatching eggs in egg cartons

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ctaynton, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. ctaynton

    ctaynton In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2010
    Eastern Oregon
    I have an automatic egg turner and was wondering if anyone puts them in egg cartons for the last 3 days to hatch or just take them out of the turner and lay them on the rack? I have only taken them out and layed them on the rack but when a few of them hatch, they run around in the incubator and knock the other eggs around that haven't hatched. I have seen pictures ot them on here hatching in egg cartons. What kind of luck do you have doing it that way? I have 21 RIR eggs, 2 Barred Rocks, 4 Americaunas and 1 Olive Egger to put in the bator tomorrow. Just wondering if I should try something different, something easier. Any advice?
  2. joe17

    joe17 Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    They work A LOT easier! Its cleaner too! You can cut the bottoms out of the paper cartons too for ventilation. Not necessary though, ive done it both ways. It wont sound like there havin a party in the bator either! When I first did it, I was scared. It seems like they are stuck in the carton when the first hatch. The eventually roll or crawl out. Never had problems with them getting stuck. ANyone else notice this when the eggs first hatch??
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I prefer hatching in cartons.
  4. eggsited chickens

    eggsited chickens Songster

    May 15, 2009
    SW Michigan
    I"m new at hatching and I did two batches this year. The second just got finished. I had 28 hatch the first time, with only one that had to lay on it's side to hatch b/c of the air sack being in the wrong place. This time I had 34 hatch and only one had started to pip on the wrong end. I've used egg cartons both times...they work good!

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