I Will Never Use An Egg Carton To Hatch In Again

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sugar Sand Farm, May 17, 2010.

  1. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    I decided to try using an egg carton in the hatcher this time as I had alot of eggs and didnt want the chicks rolling the eggs around. I cut the bottoms out of the tray and placed the eggs in it. The chicks started hatching alright but I found several got stuck in the egg still in the carton. Then one really large egg the chick zipped and could not get out of the carton he was stuck upside down and kept peeping. I kept trying to see who was making all the noise. I finally took the top of the incubator off and found this poor little guy stuck upside down. I quickly took him out and placed him on a damp paper towel. As soon as the egg was clear of the carton he pushed himself out of the egg. I also had 2 splay legs this time because they were not on a flat surface. It did keep the eggs from rolling around but I had to intervene too many times to help the chicks stuck in the carton wholes. Next time I will go back to laying the eggs on the flat surface.

  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I tried the egg carton method too and just didn't like it, so I just lay them on their sides.
  3. SeaHen

    SeaHen Songster

    Mar 14, 2009
    Springfield, OR
    Thank you both for posting and I'm sorry for your experiences. I'm just starting to build my own incubator and was planning to use an egg carton with bottoms cut out for the hatching eggs. I won't be doing that now!
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've always used modified egg cartons without problems. I cut them way short just so they are big enough to hold the egg at an angle. Like I said, no problems.

    Sounds like you didn't cut your cartons down enough.
  5. Ga.chickenman

    Ga.chickenman Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    I also use egg flats (2 1/2 doz. ones) never had a problem [​IMG]
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Carton method worked well for me
  7. Quote:Yup, I agree. Ive always used them without any problems.

  8. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Songster

    Apr 17, 2009
    Kildare, Wisconsin
    I always use egg cartons for my big duck eggs (with the sides cut down a bit) and I've never had a problem. [​IMG]
  9. eggsited chickens

    eggsited chickens Songster

    May 15, 2009
    SW Michigan
    I've used it too, and it worked great. I cut them down to 1/2 or more their original height
  10. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    I use the foam cartons for that I feel like the cardboard ones would absorb moisture. sometimes I do get a sticky egg stuck but not too often.

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