Styrofoam or cardboard?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by happyhens, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. happyhens

    happyhens Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    If you use cartons in your bator to help turn the eggs or hold them in place, do you use the cardboard or styrofoam kind? And do you leave the chicks in there or take them out and lay the eggs on their side for hatching? Thanks.

  2. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    I have not personally tried it yet.....but am going to this hatch. I see that most people are using the cardboard ones and they leave them in there for the hatch. I have an auto turner so I am planning on taking the eggs out of it on day 18 and placing them in cartons.
  3. lilbreeches

    lilbreeches Songster

    Feb 13, 2009
    Delight, AR
    i use cardboard ones. and when i send the little eggies to the hatcher on day 18 i take them out and lay them on their sides. this way the cartons don't get all yucky and i can reuse them.
  4. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    i use card board and take thelm out on the 18th day and lay on side. The cardboard seames to be stronger.

  5. Quote:I use the cardboard ones. I also cut a hole in the bottom of the carton, so if by some chance a chick pips low, he will get enough air until I can help him out.

    You put the eggs in the carton fat end up.
  6. Rabbit

    Rabbit Hatching

    Feb 5, 2009
    I tried it, but neither worked out for me. I went with putting them on their sides. I am currently building wood trays with 1.5 in. holes cut in them.

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