How to turn eggs???

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

  1. hzemag84

    hzemag84 Out Of The Brooder

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

    kiweed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think you can. If you open the lid you are going to lose heat.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    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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