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How to set eggs in Brinsea?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DoubletakeFarm, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. DoubletakeFarm

    DoubletakeFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm setting eggs in my Brinsea octagon 20 this morning and I don't know why, but it got into my head that I'm doing it wrong (after 3 years of incubating). Looking at the picture below, let's say the top is north and the bottom is south. The bator automatically turns the eggs from north to south and back again. So are the eggs supposed to be placed like the ones on the left or the ones on the right? The ones on the left would get turned more side to side and the ones on the right turned more top to bottom. Am I making sense, and does it even matter? Google has no answers for me. If you look at the way a hovabator turns them, I'm thinking I should set them like the ones on the right.

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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    I honestly wouldn't say it matters. I set them any old way in my Octagon 20 DX; sideways, straight up and down, with the rails in, with the rails out, just plain laying on their sides. I always get about the same hatch rate, although it was a little bit lower when I had to pack them in vertical that one year so I had enough room.
     
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  3. DoubletakeFarm

    DoubletakeFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply. I would think it doesn't matter either since a chicken probably turns them any which way. I think turning the goose eggs this spring made me think of this because I was told to turn the end over end.
     

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