On day 18 what to do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shylasgarden, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. shylasgarden

    shylasgarden Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Hi, I was reading throuh the forum and saw where people were putting their eggs in egg flats on day 18 to hatch, is that better than putting the eggs directly on the screen? Is there much of a difference? (obvious newbie here..lol..) Thanks everyone for any help
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    People have diffrent opinions on whats best, hopefully someone who has actually done both or knows more will answer soon
  3. Chickapooh23

    Chickapooh23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2009
    Corning OH
    I put my last hatch in crats to hatch. It turned out OK. It was the first hatch I had with my own eggs though. I have shipped eggs hatching this weekend. I am planning on putting them in crats too. Then I will get a better look at how it affects them. I think it might be less traumatic on the other chickies.
  4. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    I've only done one hatch. I started mine in an egg carton and kept them there until they hatched. It kept the eggs from banging around when the chicks started pipping and zipping.
  5. Ryu

    Ryu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    I have done both.

    I did not see an increase in % hatch. I did see the chicks zipping and kicking out of the egg shells easier. The incubator was a lot less messy.

    On the downside, I had more holes (cups) then eggs, and two chicks 'rested' in empty holes with a leg hanging over the edge. We have had to rubberband hobble their legs together. They are walking better, but the leg seems to be 'sprung' at the hip.

    Also, one of the cartons wicked water up from the tray below. I don't know if it made any difference, the eggs hatched but I did remove them from the carton.

    If we do it again, there will be no extra holes.

    We are going to discuss whether we do the egg carton thing again. I am leaning towards not. I have to clean the incubator anyway. And the chicks with the hurt legs makes me sad. Hopefully they will recover.
  6. shylasgarden

    shylasgarden Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Oh, I`m so sorry about the chick with the bad legs, from crates ha...I know years (and years..lol..) ago we just put the eggs on the screen but I thought maybe a better idea had come along. Thank ya`ll so much I`ll probably just do that.
  7. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 21, 2009
    Idaho Panhandle, USA
    Quote:That's what I did too!
    Had no problems and easy clean up, too.
    Also, you'll want to set up a way to add water to your bator without having to open it...if you haven't already.
    Good luck,
  8. shylasgarden

    shylasgarden Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    O.k., really dumb question here:rolleyes: how do you add water without opening the incubator? Oh boy, I must have forgotten a LOT!
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:Depends on the incubator. I have Hovabator Genesis 1588. I ran some airline tube, like for a fish tank, throught the little gap for the turner cord, after I took the turner out. Then I could add water with a 3cc syringe- without the needle. As it turned out, I didn't need to. The humidity stayed steady at 62% when the turner came out and I put water in the second tray area.

    Some folks run a straw or tube throught one of the vents. Whatever is easiest! [​IMG]
  10. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    For the LG bators I have I use a meat injector through one of the small holes.
    I have hatched both ways on the wire and in the carton. I like the carton method b/c I have a turner that they are in till day 18. I figure that they have been use to being up right and have started to settle in place that way so why not keep them that way.

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