Hatching in egg cartons in Brinsea Oct 20 Eco???

Discussion in 'Quail' started by daisychick, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    Colorado
    I am a huge fan of hatching in egg cartons and I have always had better hatches. My question is has anyone tried this in the Brinsea Oct 20 Eco? I just bought myself one for Christmas and am getting ready to incubate and hatch my first batch in it. I am concerned that the eggs will fall out or roll out of the cartons with the extreme tilt of the incubator with the auto turner. That thing is like a tilt-a-whirl at the carnival and there is a pretty big slant when it is all the way to one side. Has anyone tried to incubate in cartons in one of these incubators? I can just picture the eggs rolling out of the top of the carton. [​IMG]
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    It's the only way I've ever hatched in my brinsea.

    I cut out the bottoms and sides of the cartons (I never use cardboard cartons...always foam).

    Last hatch all 24 at lockdown hatched... although I had to help the last two out.
     
  3. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    Colorado
    Did you have the eggs in the cartons during the first days while the are turning? That is the part I am worried about when that thing has it's huge tilt to the side. I am sure I could just use the dividers for the first days and then put in a carton to hatch the last 3 days. I was curious if anyone had tried to do the first turning days in a carton? Have you?
     
  4. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do not see any adventage using cartons in ECO for first 18 days (chicken species)

    I can position eggs 3 ways using original dividers : Upright, natural (sideways) position or at the angle half way (45degrees). Some people swear incubating duck eggs that way.

    Cartons come handy for hatching after lockdown when you stop turning (swinging them in Brinsea case).

    Cartons may impede flow and even distribution of air since hatching chamber is relatively small in Brinsea due to it's design.

    Also if you use egg cartons from day one you limit capacity of Brinsea which is not that great to begin with.

    But after candling and tossing away dudes there is more room for remaining eggs to place them in cartons for lockdown and hatching.
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Use Your Original Dividers And Set The Eggs In The Upright Possition, Come Lockdown There's Nothing More To It Than Setting The Eco 20 To Its Upright Possition And Your Eggs Will Be Upright As Well... I Do It All The Time And Works Like A Charm. I Hatch All Eggs In The Upright Position And Never Have Had To Use Cartons Or Anything Else For That Matter To Do So In My Brinseas, Just The Standard Issue Dividers
     
  6. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    Colorado
    Ok thanks for the help. [​IMG] I will use my Brinsea dividers for sure then.

    It's always hard getting used to a new incubator. I can't wait to see how this hatch turns out.
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:NOT THIS ONE! [​IMG] IT WILL HAVE YOU SPOILED IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS [​IMG]


    THE BRINSEA ECO LINE ARE THE RON POPIEL "SET IT AND FORGET" TYPE INCUBATORS AND WILL HAVE YOU HATING ANY OTHER TYPE IN SHORT ORDER.
     

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