No wire, what else can I set eggs on?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by acemario, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. acemario

    acemario Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After recently making a new incubator, I realized I am out of hardware wire. Is it ok to just set the eggs on a towel in the incubator? Or what is another option? I plan on hand turning the eggs.
     
  2. chris10

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    try egg cartons it has worked for me
     
  3. acemario

    acemario Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Using the individual compartments? How would I turn the eggs? I know that they need to be placed pointy side down... right?
     
  4. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, pointy end down, air cell end up. Place a piece of wood on the end to tilt the carton, and swap which end you put it under when you turn.
     
  5. acemario

    acemario Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this kind of what you mean?
     
  6. acemario

    acemario Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will that work? Anyone?
     
  7. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    Yes but cut holes in the bottom of the styro egg cartons as they can trap humidity also try not to use the paper cartons can harbor bactieria and humidity

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    The angle through which the eggs are turned is important. Hatch of fertiles was significantly better in eggs turned over an angle of 45˚ either side of the short axis of the egg, as compared to turning of 30˚ and 15˚. Hatched chicks from eggs turned 45˚ weighed more and had less dry matter in the residual yolk.

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