Idea for turning eggs

chicktasticvt

Songster
11 Years
Mar 17, 2008
224
1
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Bennington, VT
I' definatly no pro on incubating eggs, but i had an idea for turning the eggs with out opening the bator.
Has anyone ever seen a sandblaster?
Well if you havent there are gloves attached to the side wall that you put your hands in from the outside. i wonder if this would work for a bator. I will have to try and see if it will work.
Just an idea!
 

twigg

Cooped up
11 Years
Mar 2, 2008
1,389
7
171
Tulsa
I would probably work.

Falls in the category of "busy work".

There really is no harmfull effect when you open an incubator to turn eggs. It might be problematic in a still air incubator during the last 3 days, but you will have ceased turning by then.
 

Dawn419

Lost in the Woods
12 Years
Apr 16, 2007
3,366
92
238
Evening Shade, AR
We "cheated" and have an automatic egg turner. It's much easier than trying to modify a bator or turning them by hand, in my opinion.

Dawn
 

WriterofWords

Has Fainting Chickens
12 Years
Dec 25, 2007
13,212
52
336
Chaparral, New Mexico
I have two bators, one with a turner and one without. I'm not obsessive about not opening either one because the hens get off the eggs whenever they feel like it. I don't open it for long periods many times a day, but I also don't put an alarm on the suckers to see if anyone else might be peeking!
 

willheveland

Songster
11 Years
Jan 29, 2008
946
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southern tier,NY
A friend of mine has an old incubator made out of wood.It has several holes all in a line spaced very close together,I thought it looked wierd but once I figured it out it is very practical.The holes were for dowel rods that run through the bator and are used for turning the eggs.The eggs sit on these dowelrods like a shelf and you can turn them from the outside.
Anybody ever seen something like this? Will
 

cgmccary

Songster
12 Years
Sep 14, 2007
1,844
314
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NE Alabama
WriterofWords wrote:
I'm not obsessive about not opening either one because the hens get off the eggs whenever they feel like it.

I agree. There is some evidence that suggests it is better to open the incubator at least once a day, that the short cooling mimics the hen getting off the nest and enhances hatches.​
 

Stormhorse23

Songster
12 Years
Aug 22, 2007
1,316
3
179
Indiana
I like to turn mine by hand. makes me feel like i actually accomplished something when I see them moving around in the shell.
 

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