So excited, first time using igloo cooler for day 18 lockdown !

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Righteous Rstr, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Righteous Rstr

    Righteous Rstr In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2013
    Osteen Florida
    Had tremendous increase last season using "dry method" in huge 300+ egg
    bator. Obviously having only 9-12 eggs a day my hatch dates were staggered
    at best. This attempt lacked the final lock down bator even so my hatch rates
    tripled ! Now I'm tweaking an igloo cooler to stabilize temp and humidity for
    tomorrow is day 18. All eggs were candled at day 14 I have 50 or so viable
    eggs ready for lock down .My expedient need to know Q. is what position
    should I place eggs ? On their sides or in bedding ,and last leave them in
    cradles air pocket up/down or what ? Please respond if you know, the text
    is unclear as to which is ideal. I have 36hrs at most so please help me out.

  2. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Songster

    Some say to set them the way that they were incubated, if that was on their side then stick to that, or if they were held upright keep them that way.

    I just completed a hatch where they spent the first 18 days in turner trays, then went into the hatcher on their side, with the air cell end slightly higher (and allowed to roll around to a natural position, so the heavy side was down) I figure they hatch on their side in nature, so that's the way we let them come out.

    We had quite good success.

    I highly recommend not putting the air cell down at anytime during the incubation or hatch.
  3. cmfarm

    cmfarm Songster

    May 3, 2010
    Elgin, TX
    It really depends on your preference. Different people use different methods of there liking. One is not really better than the other.

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