Should I unplug the incubator while turning?

Hecate

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 27, 2009
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Ohio
I have a forced air lg with no egg turner. When I am turning the eggs, should I unplug the incubator before I take off the top to turn, or leave it running? I have 17 eggs in there, so it doesn't take a lot of time to do, and the temp. stablizes again quite quickly (about 10 minutes). I have unplugged the bator the last two times I've turned (I'm on day 2), but I'd like to know what other folks do.
 

Hecate

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 27, 2009
99
1
39
Ohio
Do you completely remove the top, or just lift it a bit and slide your hand in to turn? I've been taking the top completely off and set it to the side.
 

Rusty Hills Farm

Songster
11 Years
Apr 3, 2008
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Up at the barn
I leave it plugged in and only open to add water. I "turn" my eggs (which are in egg cartons) with a small block of styrofoam that I place under the outside bottom edge of the 'bator, moving the block from left side to back to right side to front, thus "turning" the whole 'bator instead of the individual eggs. I move the block a total of 5 times a day.

HTH


Rusty
 

Irajoe

Songster
11 Years
Jan 3, 2009
303
11
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South Carolina
Agree with the above...leave it plugged in.

Additional note...do not turn the cover upside down when you place it to the side. Doing so will result in thermostat changes.
 

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