Hatching Question - How to lay eggs in bator????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ducati, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Ducati

    Ducati Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    I have 12 eggs set to hatch on Wednesday, 4/1/09. Day 18 is Sunday and my question is do i stop turning them Sat night or Sunday night?

    Also, should i leave them in the egg cart they are in (see pic or I have heard of people taking them out of the egg crate and just laying them on the wire rack on the side? Please make recommendations...this is my first hatch and 12 of 16 are still good to go...I dont want to screw it up now......

  2. Rooster Ray

    Rooster Ray Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2008
    South West Michigan
    Lay them on their side Sunday afternoon on the wire rack. I have only hatched 2 batches of chicks but of the 36 I have incubated only 2 haven't hatched or 95% which I am pretty proud of.
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Personally I would lay them on there side. I'm afraid they would hurt their legs when stumbling out of the carton. I also would think it would be harder to get out of the shell if it can't move around. I would stop turning Sun morning. But, that is my opinion. Good luck with your hatch. [​IMG]
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

    Oct 16, 2008
    sunday is good...

    leave them right where they're at.

    If they developed there, they should hatch there..
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I always lay mine on thier side. [​IMG]
  6. peaceful

    peaceful Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    BC Canada
    Rooster Ray is right. My instructions for my incubator says three days before the eggs are to hatch, remove eggs (from egg turner, or in your case egg crate) and lay them on their side on the wire floor in their natural unsupported position. "Lay eggs on wire floor with small end pointed slightly down.

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