Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Nvazquez, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Nvazquez

    Nvazquez Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2016
    Franklin, NC
    My eggs are on day 2 and the turner quit working!!! OK, The egg turner is stuck at a 90degree angle and quit! Can I hand turn each egg 1/2 way around until I get a new incubator shipped to me? If so how many times a day? Here is a picture of how it's stuck! [​IMG][​IMG]
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 True BYC Addict

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    Mark 4 sides (1, 2, 3, 4 in pencil) so when you manually turn you know how much you've turned. It's been years since I incubated, think I turned 3 - 4 x a day. Someone with current expertise will peep in soon, praying someone answers VERY soon. Good luck
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  3. tuagmus

    tuagmus Just Hatched

    Oct 20, 2016
    Wausau, WI
    My turners turn every 2hr or 4hrs. Not sure if that's gonna help. I did read that turning the egg is to help the yolk or embryo to not stick to the side. So idk how often to be honest.
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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    My turning cradle quit a few weeks ago. I contacted Brinsea and they suggested turning the eggs 3 times per day. I'd go with that as your minimum.
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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Oh dear, sorry about your turner :(

    Turning 3x per day is adequate but 5x would be better for the developing embryos. As said above turning is required to stop the embryo sticking to the side of the egg. It also helps the embryo to develop all its parts in the right place and keeps the nutrients moving around the egg. For me personally I would take them out of the broken turner and lay them on their sides. Marking one side with O and the with an X.
    Always try to do an odd number of times per day so that the eggs are not left in the same position for 2 nights in a row as this will be the longest period the eggs are not turned.

    Hope you get your new incubator very soon and you have a great hatch :fl
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