Shelf liner for incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sunnychooks, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2007
    I have eggs in my incubator that I set on Thurs AM. I'm using a LG 6200 Still Air Incubator and this is my first attempt at hatching eggs in an incubator.
    I've seen a couple of posts recently about using shelf liners. Could someone explain this to me? The specific questions I have are:

    1. Could you use a shelf liner during the entire hatch? I'm having a hard time turning eggs without them rolling back. If I could use a shelf liner it would provide more traction and I wouldn't have this problem.
    2. Does the liner reduce the amount of humidity coming from the water below?
    3. Should the liner be the rubbery type (don't know how else to describe it)?
    4. Is there any other info I would need to know about using one.

    Thanks for any info!
  2. RuffTuffCreampuff

    RuffTuffCreampuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Gainesville, Texas
    I used the rubbermaid shelf liner on my last hatch. It's lightweight, soft, and it's open mesh pattern allows for good air ciruculation in my forced air incubator. Plus, it's inexpensive.[​IMG]
  3. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put shelf liner in my incubator this time through. Interestingly I feel its going to be a nice thing on hatching day to help the little ones from losing footing and that wire on the bottom of the cage is hard (?) and the eggs roll every where.
    So one up for the shelf liner paper! woohooo!
  4. bUg_Farm

    bUg_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2008
    On a mountain
    I just used the shelf liner - the eggs still rolled everywhere once the first chicks hatched and ran around like crazy.
  5. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2007
    I'm concerned about not having the eggs roll around as I'm trying to turn them. Right now when I turn them I spend so much time re-turning eggs that have rolled, the incubator is open for much longer than I think is good for the eggs. Then it takes a while for the temp to get back up.
    I'll give it a try and see if it helps!
    Thanks to all for the replies! [​IMG]
  6. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    Yup, this is the 2nd time I am using that sticky shelf liner. Works great plus I thought it kept the bator cleaner, not as much to clean when the hatch is done! Eggs don't seem to roll, accept when one hatches & he/she rolls Good luck! [​IMG]

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