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How does the carton method work with hatching eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tanichca, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

    May 6, 2009
    Vail, Arizona
    Hey all! I have 20 eggs on day one, and already see some problems, such as the eggs rolling around in the bator if I accidentally bump the slightly unstable table. I'm considering switching to putting them in egg cartons, and I know that you have to cut off the bottom. My main question is how do I turn the eggs when they are upright in the carton? Any other info would be soooo helpful!
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011

  2. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    I will try to answer but for some reason I seem to be invisible on here so this will help to bump you to the top. Some cut holes in the bottom some don't. I only used this method once, before I got a turner. I didn't really like it. To me seemed like an unnatural way for them to hatch. As for turning you can put a book under on side of the bator and move it to the other for turning. I hope it works.
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I'm not a fan of hatching in a carton but it works great for other. If you cut the carton in to rows you can put the eggs in them an hold them still but they lay on there side. I think that works pretty pretty well.
  4. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    Quote:I didn't like it either, it seemed like my chick was struggling to get out, I wanted to help her really bad. I haven't done it since. I have though thought about using the top half with that stuff they use to send chicks in it. They are called Excelsior Pads (chick bedding), here is a link
    http://www.meyerhatchery.com/produc...Supplies&grd_prodone_filter=PRODUCT_ID = 'EX'
    I wonder if you could put this in an incubator, just a thought never have done it.
  5. calgaryflames

    calgaryflames Hatching

    Sep 24, 2011
    Hey i used egg cartons for my quail eggs and it worked fine for me. When I went into lock down I took the cartons out and put them on a kitchen drawer mat. One tip for manual turning I found out was to lick your finger and just spin the egg around. The light licking of the finger helped get "traction" on the egg to turn it. Sounds weird but it helped me!
  6. Quote:Hi! First suggestion, move the incubator to a more stable place.
    Personally, I haven't ^see a big difference in *hatchability* between eggs hatching in cartons and eggs hatching laid on their sides.
    Here, it's a matter of time and/or space (I can fit many more eggs in the hatcher *in cartons*, than *laying on their sides*) in the hatcher.
    edit: ^seen
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011
  7. Barbedwirecat

    Barbedwirecat Songster

    Sep 16, 2011

  8. Faerytalefarm

    Faerytalefarm Songster

    Sep 23, 2011
    Quote:I put paper towels over the wire to stabilize my eggs since I'm hand turning. However, I also have NO clue what I'm doing! [​IMG]
  9. comptonsgonecountry

    comptonsgonecountry Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    Quote:This is exactly what I am doing with this batch of eggs that is due on the 21. I'm using a thick book and moving back and forth 3-4 times a day. We shall see how it goes.
  10. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    I quit hatching in egg cartons because I was getting a 0% hatch rate. Now I use the egg cartons to hold the eggs upright during the first 18 days of incubation, but during lockdown I put them on their sides to hatch. Had much better hatch rates using this method.


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