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No turner.. do I just place the eggs on the screen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FLITZ, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. FLITZ

    FLITZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen some that put the eggs into cartons with the bottoms cut out. I was planning on just putting the eggs in on the screen all the way to the end. Will this be okay?
    LG still air no turner
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    That would be fine as long as you hand turn them three times a day. I recommend putting an "X" on one side of the egg and an "O" on the other so that you don't get confused with which side you have turned.

    Another very easy way to make an egg turner is take an egg carton and glue PVC pipe to the bottom. Place the eggs pointy end down inside the carton and gently tilt the carton three times a day. Here are some pictures of mine in case you are confused:


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    Bottom of my egg turner.

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    Top of my egg turner.
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    Turning (or tilting) the eggs.



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    Turning (or tilting) the eggs.



    I cut holes in the bottom of my egg carton. I did that for air flow purposes. I am not sure if it make much of a difference or not.

    Good Luck with your hatch!
     
  3. comptonsgonecountry

    comptonsgonecountry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have only incubated twice. I like the ease of putting the eggs in a carton with bottoms cut out of each cup. I don't open the bator to turn but instead use a nice thick book to prop the bator up on one side from underneath the bator itself. I change sides 3-4 times a day.

    But I know many people who turn the eggs by hand and just have them laying flat on the grated surface of the bator. It's really a learning experience and finding out what way results in great hatches for you. Good LUCK!
     
  4. FLITZ

    FLITZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its my first time I don't want to try anything fancy yet. trying to learn this and do it in a way thats as easy as possible.
    I may try different things next time.

    so. I'll have no problem putting them right on the bottom of the LG then and just roll each egg by hand?
     
  5. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes thats fine, but it does take time and you have to make sure its level so they dont roll around. I prefer egg cartons, and the idea of the pipe and egg carton I will have to try, that will make my turning 60 eggs so much easier. LOL
     

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