Stupid question, but I don't know

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rocky Top Chick, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have made myself an incubator and plan on trying to hatch some chicks. I understand about turning the eggs when they are flat on the hardware cloth, but when you put them in a carton how does that work? Do you turn upside down or just turn around. I'm confused.
     
  2. greenriver

    greenriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tilt my hatching eggs in the carton while they wait for the incubator. Just tilt the whole carton one way( about 45 degrees) for a few hours then the other way.
     
  3. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From my understanding, you don't flip the eggs.

    You simply prop one side of the carton up for a few hours, than remove the prop so it lays flat for a few hours, than prop up the other side for a few hours and repeat....
     
  4. Chickie15

    Chickie15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Definately don't flip the eggs though! [​IMG]
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Not a stupid question, having never hatched using ccartons, I didn't have a clue. I've learned something today.[​IMG]
     
  6. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I was hatching in the cartons, I just marked them as usual. Placed the eggs with the pointed side down into the carton, turned the eggs gently one full turn, right to left or left to right. That was it. But I do take them out on the 18th day, lay them flat, fill water up, put them in lockdown until they hatch. [​IMG]
     
  7. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just use the wood block or something similar size (2x2 or 2x4) and slide one end to another. There is no need to open the bator and turn 1 egg at the time.
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    And there are no stupid questions on BYC. We were all beginners sometime.
     
  9. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That answer needs a "Like" button!

    We were all newbies at one time (oh. wait, I still am!). We know how you feel!
     
  10. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone for the valuable information. Now I understand !
     

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