Incubating and hatching in egg cartons?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by harleyjo, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    SW Iowa
    How many of you incubate and hatch in egg cartons? I am on my 3rd or 4th incubation, at lock down now. I plan to start another batch next week. I would like to do a larger batch next time but think in order to get all the eggs in I want I am going to have to use egg cartons. I don't have an egg turner so if I hatch in egg cartons I will have to prop sides to change postitions on the eggs.

  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    That kind of incubator are you using?
  3. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i don't turn my eggs in cartons....although i know people do. i have an egg turner. but i DO hatch in cartons and i love it! the eggs stay in one spot, clean up is easier, and the partying chicks don't play soccer with the ones not hatched yet.
  4. comptonsgonecountry

    comptonsgonecountry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    That is what I do... incubate and hatch in cartons. I use a large book to prop up the side of the incubator from the outside. I switch sides 3-4 times a day. I have 3 hatches going in egg cartons now. One is due this Saturday! My last hatch was two weeks ago and I had a 75% hatch rate in cartons. My best hatch so far!
  5. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    SW Iowa
    I have a Hovabator still air, I think 1602n or something like that. However that said, after my first hatch I got one of those 4 inch personal fans from walmart to set in there to circulate the air. I also do not have a turner.
  6. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    SE PA
    I am currently incubating in cartons.
    This is my first time doing this.
    I had planned to move them out of the cartons for lockdown, but from what I'm reading here, I guess that might not be necessary.
  7. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I use a turner for incubating, but I put them in cartons at lockdown - so they hatch in cartons. That's the only way I've ever done it.
  8. tinaschiks

    tinaschiks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    ok i am very new at this and i cant have a rooster where i live so i bought 12 fertilized eggs and was told to set them in the nest i have a hen who is sitting but i have lost 2 of the fertile eggs to smashing and my girls keep laying should i buy another nest or hatch eggs another way?
  9. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    If you don't have any broody hens, they won't set. You need to get an incubator to be able to hatch when you want to.

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