keep auto egg turner on??

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  1. sassycat3222

    sassycat3222 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm setting up to hatch my first batch of eggs.I have an automatic eggs turner, I read somewhere that after so many days to turn the turner off?? Is this right? And when do I do this
     
  2. StarChicken

    StarChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest that you read the manual that came with the incubator/egg turner.

    With that said, I'm days from setting up an incubator hatching for the first time too. :) So, the answer from someone with a tad bit of experience is something I'll be interested in too.

    So far, from what I've read, an incubator with a fan will be an asset, as it keeps the temperature in the incubator more stable.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi yes if you have an automatic egg turner you stop turning on day 18 just as you would if you were hand turning. Day 18 is lockdown when you stop turning put the humidity upto 65% and take your eggs out of the turner and lay them on their sides. You stop turning so that your chicks can get in to the correct position for hatching. Hope this link helps and good luck with your first hatch. :fl https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-incubate-hatch-eggs-just-21-days-from-egg-to-chicken
     
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  4. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should stop turning eggs 3 days before their expected hatch date. That is also the time you should remove the eggs from the turner and lay them down on the bottom of the incubator for hatch. If they are left in a turner to hatch (even if it is off) the little ones might get stuck in the holes/spaces of the turner. Hope that helps! :)

    Edit: Yorkshire coop beat me to it. ;)
     
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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome. Glad you joined the flock. Yes your right about the fan it makes for a much even temp around the eggs where as a still air incubator can produce hot and cold spots in the incubator. Also good luck with your first hatch I'm sure you will soon be addicted like the rest of us.:jumpy
     
  6. sassycat3222

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    Thanks so much everyone :)
     

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