Taking off the turner

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silvia32444, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. silvia32444

    silvia32444 In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2014
    Tucson, AZ
    If I take off the turner from the incubator the 18th day, will the drop of temperature affect the hatching ?
    Do you raise the temperature because taking out the turner eggs sit lower, or you just turn off the turner ?

  2. BrickWall Honey

    BrickWall Honey Chirping

    Oct 24, 2013
    Accomac, Va.
    Just do it quickly, no need to change your temps. The core temps won't drop that much as long as you do not get side-tracked or distracted while making the change.
  3. silvia32444

    silvia32444 In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2014
    Tucson, AZ
    What I don't understand is :
    I have a still air incubator
    The temperature on top of eggs is different from temperature on bottom
    On the turner eggs sits high from the bottom of incubator
    taking out the turner means that I have to put eggs on the wire, so the temperature will be maybe 90 ?

    Do you change the bator temperature ?
  4. Caitlin_VT

    Caitlin_VT Songster

    Jul 3, 2011
    Last hatch I did was small, so I left the eggs in the turner and took a couple out so the chicks had somewhere to go. Worked for a small hatch. I've wondered the same thing - the temperature is bound to be different (cooler) lower down, since heat rises and will escape from the open vents.

  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    That’s going to depend on how much temperature drop there really is. At that stage the eggs are generating a lot of heat on their own. They generate so much heat that a problem with the big commercial incubators where they may hatch 60,000 at a time is to get the extra heat away, not provide heat, in the later stages.

    I don’t know how much of a drop is safe. If you have a commercial incubator and the turner that was made for that incubator, I’d guess it is not a problem at all. You can read the literature that came with the incubator and see what they say about how you go into lockdown. Or you can contact them and ask directly.

    I think it is a reasonable question but I also think you may be over-thinking it a bit. I tend to do that too. This question practically never comes up and a whole lot of people use turners with still air incubators. If it were a problem it would be discussed in depth on here. But to make yourself feel better, you can contact the manufacturer and see what they say.

    Good luck with the hatch.

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