Incubating & Turning

Discussion in 'Quail' started by pjquail, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. pjquail

    pjquail Chirping

    Aug 7, 2014
    Hey! I was just wondering a question (or 3). If you are 3 days into incubation, can you switch over to the dry hatch method or no? I'm just wondering because I've heard a lot of good things about the dry hatch method so I thought about giving it a try if possible. Also, how many times a day do you recommend me turning my eggs; I turn them 4 times a day (8am, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm). And one last question: I've heard that instead of hand turning eggs you can just prop your egg carton/cooler incubator and prop it up 3-5 different angles each day? How well does that work, and do you recommend it? Thanks so much! Hope you can help.[​IMG]
  2. dc3085

    dc3085 Crowing

    I've heard a lot of good things about dry hatching too..except when you ask someone to come back here and share their results they NEVER do.

    Would it hurt to switch over? Probaby not.

    Does dry hatching work better? No. Most people who are experienced hatchers are getting as much 90% hatch rate on eggs from their own flocks. You can't really do any better than that. It doesn't mean dry hatching isn't just as effective but we have no good research on the subject.

    Is dry hatching a worse method? Probably not, but there is just too little info the potential success rate. People say great things about it but never show their results.

    That said it's just one hatch and you can get more eggs, go for it. Just be sure to come back here and post results.

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