My simple DIY egg turner

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Eggcellent, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Eggcellent

    Eggcellent Songster

    Aug 30, 2009
    Michigan's Thumb
    It's not sophisticated... It's not pretty... Doesn't require any special skillset to make... It's not expensive... And it works...


    Parts needed:
    A small wooden dowel rod
    A couple zip ties
    A plastic craft box that eggs fit into

    Tools needed:
    A drill
    A razor knife (or some other method to cut holes in the craft box)

    1. Cut off the top of the craft box. It should cut off easily.
    2. Use a drill to make starter holes in each of the compartments of the craft box.
    3. Use the razor knife to cut out holes in the bottom of the craft box that will allow the egg to protrude through the bottom of the craft box, but not big enough to let the eggs fall through.
    4. Drill a few small holes in the wooden dowel and craft box so you attach the dowel to the craft box.
    5. Drill a hole in the incubator big enough for the dowel to fit through. The hole should be drilled so the craft box is sitting on the bottom of the incubator.
    6. The turner is done at this point. Simply push or pull the wooden dowel to turn all the eggs at once. They just roll across the bottom of the incubator.

  2. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    I'm just not sold on this design as I "visualize" it.

    It seems to me that the eggs might end up "small end up", which is NOT desirable.

    I suspect that with some "modifications" your idea could work correctly, however.

    just "how I see it", [​IMG]


    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  3. neferset

    neferset Songster

    Aug 23, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    The eggs go on their sides, don't they?

    Edit: I mean in this turner. I ask because that way I can't see the small end ever being up. Another thing you can try are deviled egg trays. I was looking at them the other day. Tupperware has a set of 3 red ones that look about $15 on eBay.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2009
  4. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    What a simple idea. Thank you for sharing. [​IMG]
  5. Very clever! Points for you.
    I have been thinking of building my own incubator and was puzzling iddly about how to build an egg turner easily. Great advice and thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. mulia24

    mulia24 Songster

    great idea but can't be applied to some place, [​IMG]

    i simply hand turn it. [​IMG]
  7. canter6

    canter6 Cooped up

    Oct 12, 2009
    I build my own bators and hand turn, but this looks like it needs further study as a simple Simi-automatic turner.
    Thanks for sharing!
  8. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    how does it actually turn the eggs?? it just looks like you move them east or west in one position.
  9. Eggcellent

    Eggcellent Songster

    Aug 30, 2009
    Michigan's Thumb
    Quote:I used it for my first ever batch of eggs and it worked well. The eggs simply roll across the bottom of the incubator. They sit on their side so they naturally dip small end down.

  10. Eggcellent

    Eggcellent Songster

    Aug 30, 2009
    Michigan's Thumb
    Quote:You do just move them from side to side... But because of the holes in the bottom the eggs roll.

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