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Should I unplug the incubator while turning?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hecate, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. Hecate

    Hecate In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2009
    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.

  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    I would just leave it plugged in.
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    leave it plugged in
  4. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan
    I'd leave it plugged in too. I always did.
  5. Hecate

    Hecate In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2009
    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.
  6. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I have a still air LG and I just lift the top While still on and turn my eggs.
  7. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    just lift a bit and slide a hand in...I got the turner though...so way worth it to me

  8. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    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.


  9. Irajoe

    Irajoe Songster

    Jan 3, 2009
    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.
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Quote:Yep I do that too! but only three times a day.

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