no open bator after day 18.....BUT

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by momoftwinsinwi, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. momoftwinsinwi

    momoftwinsinwi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    6 of my eggs are due this Saturday and I have eggs in there that are due a week later, and those still need to be turned?? what do do????
     
  2. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    I know some people move their eggs on day 18 to a hatcher. I'm not sure how to make one of those.... maybe there are plans for one here?
     
  3. momoftwinsinwi

    momoftwinsinwi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought they just stayed in the bator til they hatched???? am I missing something???
     
  4. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    You can leave them in the incubator until they hatch, but some people have hatchers.... so they can mix in eggs with different hatch dates into the incubator. I only know what I read. I cheat... I use a broody hen, I do enough mothering around here! LOL [​IMG]
     
  5. momoftwinsinwi

    momoftwinsinwi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks!!! we'll see if I get anymore responses.....
     
  6. byrandom

    byrandom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had chicks hatch in the auto turners. [​IMG] So I can't count sometimes! [​IMG]
     
  7. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    We have a space about a foot under the turner where we set the day 18 eggs. We place them on non-skid drawer liner. Do you have a space in your's like that?
     
  8. momoftwinsinwi

    momoftwinsinwi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no I don't....still air little giant, no turner.....
     
  9. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    Sorry I don't know much about incubators, ours is homemade. Do you have to turn them by hand? And I assume your're worried about opening it to turn the others?
     
  10. cici_p

    cici_p Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a cheat you can try if you don't have a hatcher:
    Dampen a paper towel with warm water. crack the lid as little as possible and slide it in over the eggs that will be hatching. Take out the tray with the non-hatching eggs and turn them. Put the tray with the eggs back in. Wait until your humidity returns to the hatching humidity and then crack the lid as little as possible and pull the paper towel out.
    This should keep the moisture in your eggs; however, the effect on your non-hatching eggs for being in a heightened humidity may not be good.
    Most people recommend not mixing hatches, because of the egg turning, and the difference in humidity.
    Some people also say that you can not turn the other eggs for the three days, but I personally cannot vouch for this.
    Im surprised nobody has chastised you already for breaking the rules [​IMG]
    Hope it goes okay.
     

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