Reason for Turning eggs in the incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by al6517, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I know this Question probably has been here before but I need to know the reason you must turn your eggs, how frequently and how to mark them properly, how to exactly turn them, and when do you stop turning them and why????. I hope someone can help Thanks.

  2. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Mark an X and a Y on either side with a pencil and turn the egg onto that side twice a day. You want the egg to be rotated to keep the air cell from sticking to one side of the egg.
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    So is that side to side or end to end, and do you mean 4 times total per day???.

  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You want to roll the eggs over from 1 side to the opposite side.

    Eggs need to be turned 3 - 5 times a day.

    2 times is just not enough to properly exercise them embryo.
  5. flamingauburnmustang

    flamingauburnmustang Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2008
    South Africa
    Interesting. I never really understood this whole turning thing. Now I do. [​IMG]
  6. Jamie821

    Jamie821 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2008
    Niota, Tennessee
    the reason you turn the eggs is because the developing chick will end up with its head lying on the side of the yolk and if not turned the membrane will stick to the side of the egg it is laying on and the chick will end up being caught between the yolk and the egg shell killing it. Always turn your eggs from side to side never end over end and always a odd number of times per day like three or five. The reason for this is because if you do it a even amount of times the same side will end up down at night every night and thus your eggs will spend most of their time with the same side down.
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I always turn an odd number of times per day, that way the egg doesnt sit on the same side during the night.
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    This is getting good, Learning alot, keep em coming.

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