rolling turner in Brower TopHatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NewChickenMom, May 29, 2008.

  1. NewChickenMom

    NewChickenMom Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    quick question for those who know. my incubator has 8 pie slice shaped sections to put eggs on. i have 12 bantam eggs and 11 larger eggs incubating. when i put them in, i had 6 bantam eggs per section and 3 larger eggs, they weren't touching anything or each other. PROBLEM!! when it turns it rolls all the eggs and they touch each other and the sides of turner. is this ok?? my temp is 99.5 and 50-55% humidity
  2. Julie08

    Julie08 Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    I dont THINK that should be a problem? do they roll around a lot and "hit" together or just sorta gently roll together? I don't think the touching hurts but the knocking around (IF thats what is happening) might.
  3. NewChickenMom

    NewChickenMom Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    they just roll next to each other and are touching all the time. i hope its not a big deal [​IMG]
  4. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    I just finished hatching in my new Brower THI20. I had four medium-sized eggs per triangle. No problem. I added a cup of water every other day.
    Here are some MS Word documents I wrote for my own use:
    Incubating Eggs in a Brower TH120 Incubator

    1. Sanitize the incubator
    2. Sanitize the eggs before putting in the incubator - Use one ounce of Clorox to two gallons of water. The water should be 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The egg must be cooler than the solution; otherwise contamination can be pulled through the pores of the egg before the agent has a chance to neutralize any pathogens. Submerge the egg for one to three minutes. Allow the egg to air dry; do NOT rub the egg; eggs have a natural cuticle that helps retard contamination. Rubbing removes the cuticle and can actually drive pathogens through the shell.

    3. Always start your incubator 3-5 days in advance of setting eggs to make sure that the temperature is stabilized and the machine is running correctly.

    4. Adjust the temperature to 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintain this temperature during the entire incubation. ItÂ’s better to under-heat than overheat.

    5. When you are satisfied with the temperature, add about one cup of very warm DISTILLED water to the tray. Pour the water into the groove around the perimeter of the tray and about halfway under the eggs. DO NOT FILL WITH SO MUCH WATER THAT WATER FLOWS INTO THE CENTER TOWER OR CONTROLS. Check and fill water twice a week or as needed. NEVER LET THE WATER RESERVOIR RUN OUT.

    6. Add eggs warmed to room temperature, filling one pie section at a time with 4-5 eggs, depending on size. Do not crowd. You do not need to change the temperature of your control; it will adjust automatically according to conditions.


    8. STOP TURNING THE EGGS THREE DAYS BEFORE THEY ARE DUE TO HATCH. Do this by lifting the tray slightly and rotating the tray so that the motor crank cannot engage the lug/slot on the bottom of the tray. This will prevent turning, but the rack can remain in place.

    9. During the last three days of hatch, if water drops form on the cover, remove one vent plug. As chicks emerge, remove one additional plug. If water continues to form, remove additional plugs. Be sure to replace plugs for the next setting of eggs.

    10. All chicks that are going to hatch should be out of their shells by the twenty-first to twenty-second day. Chicks can be removed from the incubator when they are completely dry. They may be left in the incubator for up to 24 hours or so. Remove chicks from the incubator just once a day to avoid escape of warm and moist air; however, remember that it is generally best to take the chicks out of the incubator as soon as they are dry. HUH? Avoid chilling wet chicks.

    11. Feed and water the chicks as soon as they are removed from the incubator.




    01 Put eggs in the incubator 1 1/2 cups water


    03 Remove one vent plug 1 cup water


    05 1 cup water


    07 1 cup water


    09 1 cup water


    11 1 cup water


    13 1 cup water


    15 1 cup water


    17 1 cup water


    19 Stop turning the eggs If water drops on cover, remove a plug 1 cup water

    20 If water continues to form on cover, remove plug(s)

    21 Remove a plug when first chick hatches 1 cup water


    HINTS (useful tools)
    1.) I had to add water, but the last three days you stop the turner, and you aren't supposed to remove the lid; however, you can twist it, so I attached/taped a straw to the bottom of a small funnel and stuck the straw down through the holes in the top. Pouring from a measuring cup into the funnel/straw worked great for placing a cup of body-temperature, distilled water where it belonged.

    2.) I had to roll eight eggs off the center (large end up) because I had placed them there and realized they were stopping the air flow that was coming up. So I used a long chopstick to move them.

    3.) Put a small dot of nail polish or whiteout or (?) on the temperature controller knob; with it there, you can see when you have made one complete revolution (= 1 1/2 degrees).

    4.) Have a small box to hold a small screw driver for temperature control knob, an extra supply of light bulbs, extra fuse, extra Brower thermometer, extra ball bearings, your homemade funnel/straw, chopstick, etc. Order the extras from Brower.
    Last edited: May 29, 2008
  5. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    [​IMG] With this Tophatch it's hard to keep the big end of the egg up. Is this a problem or no big deal?

    eta: eggs are laying on their sides...
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2008
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Quote:That is normal and not a problem.

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