incubating chicken eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pinkytyler, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. pinkytyler

    pinkytyler Out Of The Brooder

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    i have been incubating eggs and always leave them for three days before turning them and then i was told today that i should turn them 3 times daily from the day i put them in any help would be great
     
  2. GardenDave

    GardenDave Out Of The Brooder

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    As far as I know its the LAST three days you don't turn them. I don't see why it matters for the first week either because apparently it takes around ten days for cells to form, so I can't see why turning them before that happens would make any positive difference, but because I am not 100% about this I still turn them from day one anyway. The way I see it, turning them from the start MIGHT not do anything positive but MIGHT NOT means MIGHT, and so I do just in case it does help lol.

    I turn mine every eight hours on the dot. I have my alarm set for 5:45 AM every morning to give me time to wake up a little by 6:00 AM and turn them on the hour, then on the hours at 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM, then I'm straight to bed ready to get up to turn the next morning lol. I quite enjoy it actually. It's a nice thing to do first thing in the morning, although it does make me realise that I have a bit of a zoo lol. For instance my morning starts like this and in this order.

    Get up

    Go down stairs
    Go and let chickens out, feed and water [​IMG]

    Go and feed and water silky and her chick (in my profile picture kept separate until chick is old enough to consider mixing with my existing four) [​IMG]

    Go and feed and water rabbits [​IMG]

    Go inside and feed and water dogs

    Check and if required, feed fish

    Turn eggs and check water tray [​IMG]

    Check this website lol [​IMG]

    ....................and I want some goats too but Bec won't let me hahaha
     
  3. GardenDave

    GardenDave Out Of The Brooder

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    They should add dogs and fish to the smilies list lol
     
  4. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    I have always turned eggs daily until 3 days before hatch. Don't worry about being too precise. Mama hen doesn't go by a schedule when she turns.[​IMG]
     

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