Help! Turner broke!

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  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My automatic egg turner was working fine this week with my duck eggs, but yesterday I added in chicken eggs, and now it's not turning! I found that if I unattach it from the motor, I can turn the racks by hand. Would turning the racks like that (like an auto turner normally works) for times a day by hand be enough?

    Also, would it be better to keep doing that, or buy a new turner? Would it cool too much by me taking the time to switch all the eggs to a new turner and putting them back in?

    Help please!

    Angela
     
  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    I, personally, would just go ahead and manually turn the turners. however, if you prefer to get a new one, I would say it could be switched out quickly enough not to be a problem. Good luck!!!!
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I agree, it wouldn't hurt them at all to turn them like that. My turner motor quit this week also, and that's what I'm doing with mine.

    I wouldn't buy a completely new turner, you can get a replacement motor for them, and the motors don't cost quite as much as the whole turner does. I am not able to buy a whole new turner atm, so hand turning is what I'll have to do for a while. [​IMG]
     
  4. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My main concern with hand turning is my crazy work schedule. I turned them at 2am before bed, but they didnt get turned again until a little while ago, when I woke up.I can turn them once more before I leave at 4, and once when I get home at 4 am.... but that's not 4 times a day. Will it be enough??
     
  5. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't want to turn them an even number, always an odd. That way they won't be on the same side every night. 3 times is good if that's all you can do. GOOD LUCK!!!![​IMG]
     
  6. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    P.S I hand turn, and I love it!!!
     
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    What I had done when my turner went out, I leave the eggs in the turner and tip the bator by inserting a small piece of board on the bottom and then tip it all four sides of the bator three times a day. Worked for me until I got a new motor for my turner.
     
  8. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm kind of freaking because I have over a $100's worth of eggs in there. I think I will go to the farm store today and buy one if they have it. Then I will buy a motor for the broke one if hubby can't fix it, so I have a spare. A spare, who am I kidding? So then I can have two bators going at once LOL!
     
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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  10. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    Quote:Sounds like pure brilliance!!!!! Or addiction....I think. LOL

    I gotta admit, I LOVE hand turning my eggs, too, Farm Frenzy. [​IMG] It makes me (can't believe I am going to say this) feel closer to them. [​IMG]
     

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