purpose of turning eggs during incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicabee19, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    I have read some threads that talk about "turning" eggs in an incubator.

    I can picture a chicken carefully turning an egg under her... don't know where I have seen that before, maybe on TV.

    What is the purpose -- how does it benefit the chick inside the egg?

    thank you!
  2. Banty Rooster

    Banty Rooster Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 14, 2008
    Cullman, Al.
    that keeps the yolk from settling in one place
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    if the egg doesn't get turned the chick will stick to the shell, and most likely be malformed
  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008

    Why does one stop turning the eggs at a certain point?

  5. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    So the chick can get in position to hatch correctly.
  6. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    oh! you mean they move around in there?

  7. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Yup they do .. just the other day when i candle my eggs on day 13 "now " i saw the chicks moving around in the eggs.. thats why on day 18 you see everyone saying ( stop turning the eggs and leave them alone ) so that the chicks can position it's self correctly for an awesome hatch [​IMG]
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Turning also exercises the embryo/chick.

    I love to candle and see that primordial swishing and swirling of life inside an egg.
  9. patroe

    patroe New Egg

    Aug 23, 2014
    Hendersonville, NC
    my rocker broke in my incubator and the eggs sat for several days warm but motionless. they seem to be stuck to the upward side. should I discard this batch and start over?

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