How to hatch in in cartons with the sides cut?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dsowens15, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. dsowens15

    dsowens15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you hatch in cartons? Pictures will be great help. I need the best hatch rates I can get with my homemade bator.
    Thanks for any and all help.
     
  2. SweetMotherOfMars

    SweetMotherOfMars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cut the hinged top off the carton, then cut holes in each egg cup so that air can circulate.
    I don't currently have a photo of our setup, but this time we used one of the big flats.
     
  3. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hatched, in two batches, 28 chicks and I used the egg flats and didn't cut any holes in'em. The first batch I laid the eggs on their sides. The second batch I sat them up. Wasn't a problem for the chicks in either batch.
     
  4. SweetMotherOfMars

    SweetMotherOfMars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pleased to hear there was no difference depending on orientation. Always wondered.
     
  5. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I cut the lid off, the bottoms of each cup out, and cut the rows into two "L" shapes (2 cups by 5 cups). I set them up along the perimeter of my incubator so there is a "dance floor" in the center and chicks don't have to climb over anything to get out of the carton. I have my eggs upright and it seems to work very well.

    And yes, I like to do things in the most odd and complicated way possible![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010
  6. SweetMotherOfMars

    SweetMotherOfMars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the dance floor idea! [​IMG]
     
  7. cluckcluckcharlie

    cluckcluckcharlie Out Of The Brooder

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    What is the purpose of using the carton? I saw it SOMEWHERE on here but cant find it now.
     
  8. SweetMotherOfMars

    SweetMotherOfMars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Early on it helps keep the air cell to the top (wide end), but during hatching I like it because it makes it harder for the other chicks to play futbol with their sisters.
     
  9. cluckcluckcharlie

    cluckcluckcharlie Out Of The Brooder

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    I was pretty sure that's what the reason was. Should have done it with my first hatch, but I'm gonna give it a try on the next one [​IMG]
     

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