Turner or not

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jf carker, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. jf carker

    jf carker Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 5, 2007
    Alvin Texas
    My eggs are due to hatch on the 22nd of this month. I know I am supposed to turn the turner off 3 days before hatch, but I'm not clear on wether or not I'm supposed to remove the turner and place the eggs on the wire screen at the bottom of the bator. I'm getting conflicting stories. The last time I did 10 eggs and got 8 to hatch I did not turn it off or remove it. I think I got lucky that time....


    Thanks Joe
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I would remove it because chicks can get tangled up in it when they hatch. You could just turn it off on Day 18 then remove it when they start pipping, but I think it may be better to just take it out on Day 18 when you raise the humidity so you dont compromise your heat and humidity right at hatching time.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2007
  3. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    I do remove it. BUT I've also had some hatch out when I didn't remove it. heh Not intentionally, just happened.

    However, yes, most people say remove it.
     
  4. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I take them out of the turner on day 18, but have had one or two surprise me by pipping a little early. Once, I forgot to turn the turner off and take it out all together, and was surprised when I heard a peep and found a chick staring back at me through the window! It was crazy trying to take the eggs out and not lose a wiggly chick![​IMG] Better than half of them had already pipped.
     
  5. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Arkansas
    The commercial hatcheries turn the off on day 19 and take them out. I would do the same.
     
  6. jf carker

    jf carker Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the help ya'll. I took it out Friday, and Friday night they started hatching. As of 2pm today I had 23 new baby chicks and 1 still trying to make his way into the world. I still have 9 eggs that are not doing anything. I think they are not going to happen. Tuesday will be day 22. I think I will wait until Wednesday and take them out if nothing happens by then. I think 24 out of 36 is pretty good odds though. I heard 50 % is about normal...
     
  7. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    jf sounds like you are haveing a pretty good hatch there! Congrats! What breeds are you hatching? Got pics??
     
  8. jf carker

    jf carker Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, good question. My Rooster is an Ameracana. I have one Americana Hen. 5 of her eggs hatched. Several White Leghorns, and several Barred Rocks. Obviously, the only pure breds are the Americana's. I don't know what to call the others. I will get some pic's on tomorrow. Thanks


    Joe
     

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