The eggs were only turned once today.....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by P0U1TRYP3RS0N, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. P0U1TRYP3RS0N

    P0U1TRYP3RS0N Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2007
    I worked all day yesterday and only turned the eggs in the 'bator once. Then, today, I thought I'd turn them all three times and guess what--I forgot [​IMG]. I only turned them once. This is day 3 of incubation. I candled a couple and can see little tiny blood vessels. So would only turning them once a day for two days kill them?! AHHHHH!!!!!!!!
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They will be fine. No worries. You can miss a few days here and there no problem.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    As Silkie says missing a day here and there is fine....the reason for hand turning several times a day is to prevent the yolk from settling to one side and to exercise the embryo.......
  4. chickhamm

    chickhamm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2007
    the reason for hand turning several times a day is to prevent the yolk from settling to one side and to exercise the embryo

    *chuckles* youll just have lazy chicks........ [​IMG]

    no no, they will be fine, some days i only get to turn 1 time, some days i get to turn 3 times. so far they seem to be hatching great.​
  5. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2007
    You'll just get some that like to sleep like dead bugs! Pfffft! I still can't explain how one of my Leghorns slept upside down in the yard all the time - maybe she was from a no turn hatch!
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I was only turning a couple of eggs 1 or 2 times per day because I didn't have room on the turner for them (plus the fact that I'm at work during the day). As soon as a spot opened up, I put them in and they hatched just fine on day 21. [​IMG]

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    A couple years back, as an experiment, I incubated 18 Guinea fowl eggs. For the entire incubation period I never opened the incubator. No turning, no adding water, nothing. !5 of the 18 hatched.
    Lesson learned: chill out, the process is very forgiving.
  8. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    Days 3-9 are the most important for the turning anyway. No worries if you totally missed the first 2 days! It is actually OK to turn days 3-14 only.

    It is amazing sometimes -- the more I worry & work with a hatch, the worse it usually goes-- the least I do, often, it is for the better! More hatch. As with a lot of things, sometimes we can know too much.

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