How to turn eggs???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hzemag84, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. hzemag84

    hzemag84 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2014
    How do you turn eggs by hand that are incubating without affecting the temperature? Please and thanks!
  2. kiweed

    kiweed Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2011
    Murfreesboro TN
    I don't think you can. If you open the lid you are going to lose heat.
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    It's fine to turn them by hand - you don't lose enough heat to cause a problem. The internal temp doesn't drop immediately. Another thing to consider is, when a a hen is setting, she gets up once a day or so for up to half an hour to eat, drink, stretch, dust bathe and take care of her needs. During that time, the eggs cool down some yet a broody hen usually has a better hatch rate than eggs in an incubator.

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