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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jjparke, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. jjparke

    jjparke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apr 20, 2008
    Boise
    Last night I was checking out some posts in this section when I read that some people put their eggs in cartons to hatch rather than on their sides. I'm due to hatch my first batch in about 2 weeks and any opinions and instructions about this would be very helpful.
     
  2. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

    Sep 27, 2008
    Massachusetts
    I think it's one of those many topics that you'll get many varied opinions on. Kind of like to dry incubate or not....

    I've made the choice to not use the cartons..I've had too many chicks pip the wrong side of the egg and they wouldn't have a chance, hatching upside-down in a carton. I like to line the bottom of my bator with that non-skid rubber shelf liner though...it makes a big difference w/ clean-up and the chicks aren't able to get stuck in the hardware cloth bottom...not to mention the eggs don't roll around in there as much.

    That's my 2 cents worth, I'm sure you'll get many other opinions. [​IMG]
     
  3. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    This is what chicken women does: "I cut the lid off and trim about a quarter of the top off so whan the egg sit in it it is only half in the carton. I cut a hole in the bottom of each one about the size of a dime to let air circulate. I prefer to use the cardboard ones."
     

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