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How to avoid turning in the middle of the night?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mychookschick, May 18, 2011.

  1. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009

    I just bought my incubator about 2 weeks ago, and I don't have a turner. I don't want to put the money into the turner just yet, as I have other chicken related things that need to be payed for (new grain barrel, thanks to the squirrels, run, window, pop door, etc.)... So, when I figured it out, I would have to turn at 1:30 AM! Ugh! I can't get up at that time! I would be brain dead the next day! Much less for 18 days! How do you people (those without egg turners) avoid getting up in the middle of the night?

    Thank you!

    My Chooks Chick
  2. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    I turn mine at about 9 am & about 2 pm & again at about 12 am, I work 2nd shift so I am up at this time, just modify it you should be fine.
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    I turn mine at about 7:30 am before school, 4:30 pm when I get home and then again about 10:00 pm when I put the birds away for the night. As long as you turn them on odd number of thems each day so they sit on different sides each night they won't need to be turned at night.
  4. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009
    Ok, so I should still get a pretty good hatch rate if I don't turn it at night?

  5. snazzyboots

    snazzyboots Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    i just turn mine 3 times per day. i think the odd number is the key so they are never on one side much longer than another
  6. florasbell

    florasbell Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    i turn mine every 3 hours starting at 8am, 12pm ,3pm,6pm,9pm when i candle then thats it for the night
  7. MarkMatt

    MarkMatt Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Prairieville, LA
    I have hatched hundreds of eggs by only turning them twice a day. Never had an issue and always had good hatch rates.
  8. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    [​IMG] You do not have to get up during the middle of the night.

    If you turn them an odd number of times daily, (I turn mine 3x) The side

    that the egg lays on the longest (night-time) Changes daily. I've actually

    had very good hatch rates only turning twice daily, so don't bother getting

    up at 1:30 AM.
  9. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2010
    i have always turned my eggs:
    1st at around 7:00 am,
    2nd at around 3:00 pm,
    last at around 10:00 pm.

    great hatches with that!!![​IMG]
  10. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    Ballston Spa
    I'm home all day and my helper is 5, so mine get turned as soon as we get up in the morning (around 8), before lunch (around noon), after we play outside (around 4), before DS goes to bed (around 8) and then again before I go to bed at 11-ish.

    I've read that the really important thing is to make sure they're turned an odd number of times so their "long" time period is on a different side every night.

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