Keeping the eggs from rolling...

Poulets De Cajun

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 14, 2008
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Anyone have a good tip for securing the eggs from rolling or being knocked around by newly hatched chicks fumbling around? The eggs that are still left to hatch often roll around the bottoms of my hatching trays when they are knocked around by other chicks, and I can't figure out a way to secure them without inhibiting the actual hatching.

I thought about making some paper pulp and forming it in a shallow curved shape with a slight edge, that way I can just dispose of them after a hatch or two.
 

Poulets De Cajun

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 14, 2008
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Houston MetroMess, Texas
I thought about egg cartons, but they hold the egg verticle, and even though it may not be a detriment, I dont think its very "natural"... if there is such a thing in artificial incubation.
 
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BawGock

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Yeah, I see that, never seen a chicken hatching a vertical egg.

But I was worried about an egg being rolled into another and cracking it prematurely.
Luckily, mine all pip higher on the egg so I didn't have to deal with any pipping low.
And the clean up was great.
Carolyn
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
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Jun 29, 2007
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That's why I switched to hatching in cartons over a year ago. Being bowled around by the earlier hatchlings isn't exactly natural either!!
I've had much better luck hatching in the cartons.
 

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