How to "properly" overfill an egg turner??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cloverleaf Farm, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Ok, I don't know if "proper" is the right word for it...I did an oops - I miscalculated when I would have room in my bator, and have too many eggs coming! It will only be for about 4 days, but with a Hovabator Genesis w/ egg turner, how would you put in "extra" eggs? Nestled in between 4 other eggs, like "corners"? Just wasn't sure if the eggs might get stuck in the edges of the racks?? These are banty eggs, but I suppose I could put those down in the rack and put a little bit bigger ones up on top? Thoughts on this??
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I always stuck them in front of the turner, where there is space between it and the wall of the incubator and hand turned them twice a day until I had room to put them in the turner. Chicks that hatched from them didn't suffer any issues later.
  3. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Been there, done that, LOL How many extra do you need to fit in? I have just put (I think 5-7) along the side in the bator that is open and I set them on the mesh. I do have to go in and turn them 3 times a day until I have room to put in the egg slots again.
  4. Painted Spirit

    Painted Spirit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2009
    I've got a few extra serama "extras" that I put inbetween 4 eggs in the turner and I've been trying to hand turn them 3 or 4 times a day. I say try - doesn't mean I remember to! I've marked them to see if it harms them at all. I don't know why when I start getting eggs I think that the bator holds 50 - and forget my turner only holds 42......
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Me too.
  6. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Ok, thanks! I was hoping there was some way to set them where I wouldn't have to hand turn them..guess not! Thanks everyone! Oh, and It will be 10 extra eggs... [​IMG]
  7. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    This is how I did it! Bought a back-up! [​IMG]

  8. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I just got a bunch of ebay eggs a week or so ago and I took the turner out and just jam packed the whole floor of the bator with eggs at a 45 degree angle and wall to wall eggs. Turned them a few times a day by tipping them the other way, row by row. I figured a whole bunch of the shippe eggs wouldn't be any good, and I would candle at a week and probably heave a third or more of the eggs. I was right. On the other hand, i have found it is so much easier to turn the eggs after i returned the duds, to the trash, that I am not just yet ready to put a turner in there. I don't bother with marking x and o on the eggs. I just softly run my hands over them, pulling the outer ones to the inside, the fronts to the backs and just takes a second. I will probably add a later bunch and clean out a different hovabotor to use as a hatcher. My own stupidity and greed might have made me a very important discovery!
  9. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Quote:I DO have a second's my hatcher though, without a turner...I might have to get a second turner, and remove turners for hatching...hmmm...I could do batches of 42 at a time...hmmm... [​IMG]
  10. Joyryder

    Joyryder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    Scandia, PA
    Quote:I was thinking of doing that, Since the basic brinsea 20 top can switch with the advance 20. One BYCer does that with great success.
    Warden can you use the humidity pump with both bators at the same time?
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2010

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