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Horizontal vs. Vertical Egg Turners

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by justlooking, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. justlooking

    justlooking Hatching

    Aug 12, 2016
    I'm building my own incubator and have seen that there are 2 distinct types of egg turners; vertical and horizontal.

    The vertical ones have egg trays similar to an egg cartons that hold the eggs on their ends while being tilted or rotated on a central axis,

    The horizontal turners lay the eggs on the side and roll them.

    What are the pros and cons of each method?

    It looks like most of the professional units are of the vertical style (like the hova-bator or little giant) but the horizontal designs like this (https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/968827/my-diy-automatic-egg-turner) seem easier to build and incorporate into my cabinet.



  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Horizontal turners are closer to the more natural way eggs are incubated by hens, but the vertical ones fit more in a smaller space and are adequate for most eggs... it comes down mostly to amount of eggs vs less really...
  3. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Crowing

    Apr 9, 2015
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Also to add to what Ravyn said, I would not use the horizontal turners with shipped eggs but would prefer them for local eggs.

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