putting eggs on their side, in a carton

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chkinut, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. chkinut

    chkinut Songster

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    well, i'll be putting my eggs into lockdown in about a week (seems like FOREVER)...and i've been researching egg carton hatching on this site.....reading lots of threads...and i can't seem to make up my mind since there's so many different opinions on the matter. however, someone DID make a quick comment about laying the eggs on their sides in the egg carton. nothing more was said about it. i went into my kitchen today and put some of my girls eggs (unfertile) into an egg carton on their sides. they seemed to fit snug enough to be held stable without other chicks knocking them over. i was wondering if anyone else has used cartons for hatching and opting to put the eggs on their sides.....cuz that's just what i may do.

  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The cardboard types soak up humidity in the incubator like you wouldn't believe, so I wouldn't use 'em. Maybe Styrofoam cartons would work, though.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've been using the paper cartons to hatch in for 3+ years now and haven't had any issues with them affecting my humidity levels. I put them small end down tho just like they set in the turner....not on their sides.
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I think the carton needs cut in strips so the cells lay over but still hold the eggs still.
  5. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    I also put a piece of egg carton under it so when I turn the carton I jsut move the piece under it. I don't use a automatic
    turner. I jsut turn the whole carton twice a day and this has worked great for me!

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