How do you stop turning if you have different hatch dates?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jen5680, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    I have two different eggs in the bator due 7 days apart.
    how am i supposed to stop turning them when the other eggs still need turned? I only have one bator and was wondering how to do this? will it mess the eggs up if you keep letting them turn?
  2. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    I have miscalculated hatch dates before and had chicks hatch in the turner that turn out fine.
    But, if your going to do a staggered hatch, you should really have two incubators.
    Seeing you do not, take the lid off and keep handturning the ones that are not ready yet. Yes, it will reduce humidity, which can be hard to bring back up in a styrafoam and that is why you should have two bators. In my Lyons, taking the lid off presents no problems as the humidity and temp returns to normal in less than a minute.
  3. monita

    monita Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2009
    Shelbyville, Tennessee
    are they in an auto turner? what i did was take all the racks off the turner that didn't have eggs in them and put shelf liner in the bottom of the open part of the bator and lay my eggs that are due to hatch on that and leave the others in the turner that way i don't have to open the bator at all.
  4. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    If you have any holes in the shell, I'd take the chance and skip a turning. I lost a whole hatch of chicks doing a staggered hatch in one incubator. IMO, it's better to skip a couple of turnings than it is to sacrifice a hatch.

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