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oh no it's lockdown and I have questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NightCode, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. NightCode

    NightCode Out Of The Brooder

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    first I need to know the best way to lockdown. Is it just place the eggs on the hardwire cloth or place them in an egg carton to hatch. If there on the hardwire cloth will they roll around when the chicks moving.???? Any help would be awesome.
     
  2. NightCode

    NightCode Out Of The Brooder

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    anybody I need help.
     
  3. klewallen

    klewallen New Egg

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    I have heard and read both ways, I prefer to put in a egg carton bottom. Hope this helps.
     
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never use an egg carton as I think chicks get out of the egg/ move about better if on the floor and this is to their advantage, though a lot of folk swear by egg cartons.

    Decide which you are going to do and lock down. Don't be tempted to open the 'bator unless you absolutely have to,

    Good Luck,

    Sandie
     
  5. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad you asked: I tried the egg carton method for the last few hatches and had HORRIBLE luck. Many would internally pip and die after a couple of days, many would pip externally and then die, and many simply never pipped at all. I honestly had a hatch rate that was around 85% drop to about 40% after using cartons. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but it's almost like the chicks can't get in the right position when the big end is up...it's also like they can't reach the air cell or can't reach past it to the top to pip. They have to be extra tall in the egg to reach or something. Can't tell you how many I dissected to find that they were totally positioned wrong to hatch...I will personally leave the eggs laying on their sides from now on...good luck! Out of the 4 I had due to hatch yesterday, all perished in the cartons... [​IMG]
     
  6. NightCode

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    sorry to hear about your loss. Thanks for the heads up. I got them laying on the sides now. I also am just courious if they will move during hatching or if the chick is repositioning itself will the eggs roll and cause a problem. Thanks again everyone on the quick responces.
     
  7. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I incubate and hatch in egg cartons; i have never done it any other way. This is only my third hatch, but my last hatch was 96%. I have read, however, that if you incubate lying down and then hatch in the carton, it can cause problems. I don't know if this is true.

    Just wanted to respond to Bid Daddy's Girl about that.

    NightCode, congratulations on what sounds like your first hatch! It's very exciting! I'm hatching right now too. [​IMG]
     
  8. NightCode

    NightCode Out Of The Brooder

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    it's so addicting...
     
  9. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] yes it is! i never believed them when they told me, but now i know!
     

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