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switching to turner mid hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kefiren, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. kefiren

    kefiren Chillin' With My Peeps

    i want to set the max number of eggs in my hovabator (50?)

    so i'm assuming no room for the auto-turner

    i'm hoping to switch to the auto-turner after weeding out the non-starters

    is that a problem?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I think it will just relieve some of your labor.
  3. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2013
    Fort Collins, CO
    Nothing better than a turner. Candle them at day 14 and take out junk and then add more eggs to the turner. So I guess just the opposite. This is some evidence that it doesn't matter the first 7 days though.
  4. kefiren

    kefiren Chillin' With My Peeps

  5. Thespoiledchicken

    Thespoiledchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2011
    Long Island
    I frequently incubate way more eggs than my autoturner can handle [​IMG]. I will place extra eggs in the front well and hand turn those (just be aware of extra heat by the motor), I have also laid eggs on their side on top off eggs already in the turner. After I candle they all manage to get a spot in the turner.

    Now- not saying this is great to do but it works for me in a pinch and my hatch rates are still good.

    Good Luck!

  6. kefiren

    kefiren Chillin' With My Peeps

    wow, eggs in the well and on top! i never would have thought of it, great idea! thnks!
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    I'm horning in on this thread. I'm making a home made bator, Would it be ok to start eggs on a towel under the hardware cloth with more eggs on top of the hdw. cloth, (to maximize the # of eggs to be hatched?) assuming that there'll be duds to be removed, then move everything to hdw. cloth???
  8. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2013
    Fort Collins, CO
    Lazy. I think you will have an air circulation problem. Tell me more or perhaps start another thread.

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