1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

How do you position your eggs during lock down?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stone_family3, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,926
    21
    163
    Apr 11, 2011
    Ohio
    Currently they're in egg cartons, but wondering what is the best way to lay them during lock down.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,479
    2,429
    458
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    It's supposed to be large end slightly elevated which basically means laying them on their side.
     
  3. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    I doesent really matter. They can be in egg cartons, as long as they have enough space to hatch. You can lay them on their sides if you want, I preffer doing it that way. But, If you even noticed, eggs have that conical shape, which is a big end and a small end. This means, even if you lay them on their sides, the big end will still be slightly elavated. Lots of seagull type birds that lay their eggs on the rocky cliffs by the shore, lay very exagerated conical shaped eggs,real big wide end, and a tiny pointy end. This is so the eggs don't roll of the cliff, instead, they roll in a circle around the small end of the egg, plus it helps during incubation because the big end is more elevated.

    Good luck with your hatch![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  4. chikymommadukes

    chikymommadukes Out Of The Brooder

    18
    1
    24
    Jun 2, 2012
    Wilbraham, MA
    Very informative response above mine here. Kudos to you "The Chickeneer". It's the first time I found a good answer to that question.
    [​IMG]

    Also, I totally agree with you about chicken addicts. I have never been addicted to anything unhealthy...I even limit my sugar intake to minimal amounts. They say sugar is more addictive than alcohol and it may be the number one cancer causing agent. I'm more health conscious than most because I have severe Fibromyalgia w/ chronic fatigue syndrome and need to exercise, eat right, and take a lot of vitamins/herbal supps. to feel OK. My chickens are my stress reliever. It's an addiction that benefits me heart and soul. [​IMG]
     
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    goose and emu eggs I hatch on their sides... for all others it depends on how much room I have in the bator.. if there isn't enough room to lay them on their sides .. then they are incubated and hatched standing on end. Once some of the eggs hatch I move them around and lay the remaining ones on their sides as room permits.
    Granted Mother Nature intended for them to hatch on their sides.. but for MOST eggs leaving them upright works just as well.
    So basically, if you have room lay them down.. if you don't then leave them upright
     
  6. SarahJaneB

    SarahJaneB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh this is great information!!! I've been wondering this exact question for when I get my incubator done. Thank you guys for the question and the answers!
     
  7. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,047
    16
    161
    Jun 19, 2010
    Montana
    I always just leave mine in the cartons and have had 100% hatches. I feel the chicks have oriented themselves to the upright position and if I lay them down it might mess them up.
     
  8. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    nah.. they will roll those eggs all around and still hatch fine.. some people worry cause it seems that the chicks who have already hatched play soccer with the remaining eggs.. so as long as you don't turn them completely upside down (pointy end up) they can still find their way out
     
  9. Gallus Sapien

    Gallus Sapien Chillin' With My Peeps

    351
    2
    93
    Mar 29, 2012
    Wisconsin
    x2 I agree with yinepu,but If you do use cartons cut the bottom off so the humidity is more even.
     
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    16,753
    3,046
    448
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE
    Can I tack on a question of my own... may be attaching to the wrong thread, but here goes. Am making a styrofoam box incubator with fan and thermostat, light bulb heat source, primitive egg turner (thinking of a 1/4" plywood open top/bottom box with wire or string to separate eggs into rows, then pull box down or up in bator for eggs to roll 180 degrees.) Any how, would large mesh plastic needlepoint sheets over 1/2" hardware cloth be ok for the bottom? Do any of you have issues with hatchlings getting their toes caught in the bottom. I can buy 1/4" hdw cloth, but don't want to unless I truly need to.

    Thanks. I appreciate all of the useful info I am getting from these threads.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by