Question on eggs hatching in carton method ~

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicks_N_Horses, May 14, 2009.

  1. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I have some left over eggs and room in the bator and want to try the carton method. I cut out holes in the bottom but how am I going to turn them? Just sit something under each side and tilt it each time for a turn?
  2. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    [​IMG] -- you got the right idea.
  3. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    That is what I thought I remembered reading. [​IMG]
  4. Hotttmommi

    Hotttmommi Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have seen bits and pieces on the egg carton method. Could some one please explain it to me and what good it is? How to properly do it. I have an LG. Thanks in advance.[​IMG]
  5. Garden Gal

    Garden Gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    I have just hatched my first ever batch, and used the egg carton from days 18 - on. I have an auto turner so turning them was not needed.

    On day 18 I removed the turner and put in the bottom halves of the egg cartsons. The bottoms of each egg area was removed, and then I simply set the eggs in - large side up.

    It kept the unhatched eggs upright/secure after some of the chicks had hatched, but at times the chicks were climbing all over the cartons just like they would have been if the eggs were laid on their sides.

    Since this was my first hatch I don't have any comparison, but it was easy!

    Hope this helps!
  6. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Does this help to keep things less messy in the chamber during the hatch?
  7. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I have a egg carton that they use to like ship store eggs in. It's very shallow, and holds like 30 eggs. I don't have to cut the bottom out because the eggs barely sit in it. I tilted it from the outside with a block. On day 18 29/30 eggs were living. So I was very pleased with it.

    Unfortunetly I had to leave and my mom opened the bator and killed them all when they were pipping.

    But overall It seemed to work. Clean, easy, didn't have to open bator but rarely. I will attempt it again in a few days.

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