hatching in egg cartons?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hannah8, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. hannah8

    hannah8 Out Of The Brooder

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    ive heard people on here mention something anout hatchingg their eggs in cut out cartons with the bottom cut out. can someone fill me in with the benefits of this and why people do it? i thought they were supposed to lay on their sides in a natural position?
     
  2. Jewlss

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    Ive tried Hatching in egg cartons and the egg turner before i think its less of a egg shell mess to clean up and it helps keep the chicks from knocking and rolling around the rest of the eggs in the bator and some people feel they get better hatch rates from this. i think its just a personal opinion my hatch rates seem to be around the same when laying down or sitting in the carton. When i used the egg turner the chicks seem to get their legs stuck between the two turners which causes alot of problems.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I always hatch In cut down egg cartons. I started out using this method with shipped eggs that had wonky air sacs. 12/12 hatched. Liked it so much I use it all the time now. Makes clean up easier and I can easily monitor eggs and when they have pipped and for how long they have pipped. The cartons stop the eggs being knocked about by hatched chicks. I incubate with my eggs upright in the dividers so makes sense to me to keep them upright for hatch. Have not had problems with them getting out of the egg. The only problem is if you have a pipper at the wrong end you can't see it. But then again I'm not one for helping them out as I feel you get healthier chiks if they do it all themselves. I only open the incubator when I think hatch is complete so would check unhatched chicks then. Here is a pic of a hatch in cartons 11/11 hatched that made it to lockdown.
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  4. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to try this for the first time.. I just hatched Turkey eggs Thursday and out of 6 only 2 hatched. When I opened up the other four all were perfectly formed, in the right position, air cell perfect (except one was larger), not any fluid that would have caused a problem and pliable membrane. The only thing that makes sense is that I had them in a turner and then laid them down. Last year I lost a whole batch of Turkey eggs and the next batch I did I hand turned and had 12/13 hatch.. I am staggering a hatch, I have another set of 8 that goes into lockdown on Tuesday and the final set the following week.
    I am hatching chickens with the turkeys and for some reason they don't seem to be as effected by laying them down. I plan to hatch them upright also tho.

    Here is the plan with some eggs I had laying around, I was trying to make sure they fit securely but not to tight or loose.. I only had two extra turkey eggs to play with, when I put the incubator eggs over for lockdown there will be three turkey eggs set like the chicken eggs? Thoughts? Good/Bad?

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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Good idea :thumbsup Your cartons look just like mine when I lockdown. You know the saying "you never know unless you try"

    Good luck, keep us posted how you get on.
     
  6. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will... Thanks!
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I incubate in my egg turner and at lockdown I take them out and lay them on their side. It's just a personal preference. Like everything else both methods have their pros and cons. I have thought about trying the egg cartons, but I am just so comfortable with how I already do it....lol
     

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