Remove eggs from carton for easier hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by coconutmamax3, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. coconutmamax3

    coconutmamax3 Chirping

    Jan 4, 2010
    My eggs go into "lock down" tonight, one last candle to see and then shut it up tight! I had them in an egg carton and made a turner in the cooler "bator", I removed the turner so they will not fall and make it easier to hatch. My question is: should I take them out of the carton and lay them on the mesh wire to make their hatch easier yet? Sooooo excited about to bust! First time with entire experience. Out of the 18 eggs I put in the bator, 16 "look" good for hatching!
  2. Sweet Violet

    Sweet Violet Songster

    Jan 9, 2010
    Vista CA
    yes, I would. It helps to prevent leg/foot injuries while climbing over obstacles and believe me, they are little climbers even in the incubator.
    Good luck!
  3. I do all of my hatches in cartons, with the sides cut down. Ive found out it gives me better hatch rates, and the eggs cant be kicked around by already hatched chicks.
  4. toto65

    toto65 Chirping

    Jun 26, 2010
    Holland, VT
    That is exactly what happened to one of my eggs yesterday, a chick hatched and rolled another egg over. When I noticed it, it was too late, the chick had tried to hatch but the hole was in the bottom side of the egg and the chick didn't make it! [​IMG] Next time I am going to try the cartom method.
  5. Terri O

    Terri O Songster

    That is exactly why my hatching friend leaves his in the cartons too. He says that it helps the chicks know "which way is up" and he has less that die during the experience. Terri O
  6. black404

    black404 Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    I leave my eggs in the carton. I have two days yet till hatch day. I am eggtra eggcited, since these are eggs that I bought from the auction here. I dont candle, so I wait the full 21 days, to see my surprise. I also have a two broodies sitting on 10 eggs together. I am goting to pull the chicks for the first week, just to make sure they get to water. It is soooo hot here. Any suggestions to keeping the peeps alive through the first week?
  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    I hatch mine in the carton ( I cut it down a bit) and put that plastic/foam shelf liner with the holes in it over the wire. It's worked great for me 92-98% hatch rates (my eggs, not shipped) and no spraddle leg. Happy hatching!! [​IMG]
  8. coconutmamax3

    coconutmamax3 Chirping

    Jan 4, 2010
    I waited too late to ask the question, so therefore did not get ya'lls reponces until the next morn [​IMG] I have already taken them out and layed them in the bottom. Today is day 20 and I have 2 that have pips, and 3 others are rocking every once in awhile. I even heard a peep [​IMG] I marked them on the tops so if another chick kicks it I can "fix" it. The children and I are about to bust waiting. I don't think I will get much sleep tonight![​IMG]
  9. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Songster

    Sep 21, 2009
    Quote:I have hatched both ways and have great hatch rates either way. [​IMG]

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