How many times do you have to turn the eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tanichca, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    Alright, my broody, who sat for two weeks, quit yesterday. I still need some more birds, so I think I will dig out the 'bator and buy the eggs, etc. The incubator is a manual turner, last time I used it, I had to turn five times a day (including 3:00 am [​IMG] ) but is that really necessary? How many turns, and at what times, work best?
     
  2. cpegram

    cpegram Chillin' With My Peeps

    before I bought a turner....I would 3x a day once in the morning before work one after work and one more before i went to bed and i had no problem with hatches... [​IMG]
     
  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think three turns a day is the minimum amount for reasonably good hatches. People on here have had okay hatches with fewer turns a day, and/or with irregular or no turning at all, but normally as part of an experiment. If you're wanting a good result, I'd say go for three a day...
     
  4. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

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  5. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    And no need to get up during the night to turn them. As long as you turn an odd number of times then they will be on different sides each night. Best of luck.
     
  6. Chinchilla2

    Chinchilla2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would turn 'em three times a day, roughly every 8 hours. If one turn is closer to 9 hours and another is closer to 6 or 7, it's no big deal. I get the same approximate hatch rate on an average 8 hour turn that I get if I vary my times with the longest period being 4 hours.
     
  7. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    Alright. Thanks so much, everyone!
     
  8. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 times and more. You turn when you can with your schedule. The easy method would be take a 2"x4", thick book or some similar raise one end and other so no need to rotate individual egg.
     

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