Should I lay these down?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Snowchicken56, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. Snowchicken56

    Snowchicken56 In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2015
    I am currently on day 8 with seven shipped eggs. I am keeping them upright in the incubator in individual cut down egg carton cups due to detached and saddle shaped aircells, and tilting the eggs 3-5 times a day.


    I have heard to keep them upright for hatching is the best way, but with this style of incubator, I don't think it would be wise to do that. Because I had to cut the egg carton cups apart individually to fit in the incubator, I worry that once chicks start hatching and moving around, they are going to knock the other eggs out of the cups and cause them to crack.

    Would you leave them in the cups or lay them down for hatching, with them having wonky air cells?
  2. kmlnll

    kmlnll In the Brooder

    Oct 19, 2013
    Personally, I would lay them down. I'm new to hatching so I could be wrong. But my understanding is to always lay them down because that gets them in the best position to hatch. And at that point the air sack should be pretty much stuck where it needs to be. Good luck!

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