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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tony, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Tony

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    I hatched 10 out of 12 eggs without turning them at all, not even once. Why? You ask???
    I had bought eggs from 3 different people, by the time they arrived including the extras they sent, my bator was full.
    My egg turner holds 42 eggs, so I really had no room left for the last 12, so I figured instead of tossing and wasteing them, I would just set them in an egg carton wedged where ever I could find room in the incubator. I figured it was worth a try and it worked out pretty well.
    The lesson to be learned here is: Never count your eggs before you receive them, due to the wonderful generosity of these 3 sellers sending me lots of extras, I almost had to waste a dozen eggs. [​IMG]
     

  2. Apprentice_egger

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    I think the better lesson to take from this is to be thankful for a good hatch. It sounds like a small miracle that you have healthy birds. [​IMG]
     
  3. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Songster

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    grats. Just curious though, why didnt you turn them by hand?? I do, 4-5 times a day.
     
  4. chaneg78

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  5. Tony

    Tony Songster

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    Apprentice, I don`t know about a miracle, I like to think I got SKILLS, the Midas Touch you might say. lol j/k

    Cluck, you`re right, I could have turned them by hand. But I think my curiousity got the best of me and I wondered if they`d hatch without being turned. Of course I candled them along the way and saw they were developing, so I just left them alone to see what would happen.

    Thanks Chaneg78 [​IMG]
     
  6. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    After reading about all the defects improper turning during incubation can cause I wouldnt dream of not giving my eggs the best chance to hatch and use both an automatic turner- and turn some manually when needed. You should count yourself very lucky that you didnt end up with DIS and deformed chicks.
     
  7. Chic Chick

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    Congrats on the good hatch Tony!
    I think you tilted the egg carton around into different positions and got the same effect of the egg turner.
    That's what I'm experimenting with right now - I have over 50 eggs in my new homemade incubator without turners and I just have them in egg cartons and am tilting them different directions 2-3 times a day. I just set them on the 19 so I will know how good that is in a few days when I candle.
     

  8. Tony

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    Chic, Thank you for the congrats.
    I placed them in the egg carton, but didn`t tilt it at all. The eggs stayed perfectly still except for the 3 times when I candled them on days 7, 14 and 18.
    Good luck with yours. [​IMG]
     
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