How do the eggs sit to get hand turned?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by congdon476, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    OK- I have been reading all about egg hatching and I keep seeing "turn eggs 2-3 times a day... .BUT ALWAYS LEAVE the big end up". OK... so am I turning them on their axis (like the earth turns) or are they laying on their side in the bator and the "big end up" doesn't apply? Anyone have a photo they can show me?
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2009
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007

    When you hand turn you lay them on their side, lay the eggs big end towards the back of the incubator and pointy end towards the front. You mark your eggs with an X on one side of the egg and an O on the other side in pencil. This way you will know which side you have turned the time before. I hand turn the eggs 3 times a day. Mornings, around 2 or 3 in the afternoon and 11 at night before I go to bed. It's good to turn them odd numbers, to exercise the blastoderm that will be developing into an embryo/chick . My thoughts and opinions.

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