turning by hand VS. auto turner

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ()relics, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. ()relics

    ()relics horse/dog shrink

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    I have my own theory but would like to hear everyone's opinion...and I'm sure everyone has one...I guess I am unsatisfied with any methods I've tried and can't seem to get the hatch rate of a broody chicken with the same eggs.
     
  2. j.luetkemeyer

    j.luetkemeyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have an opinion either way, yet. I have noticed something regarding the auto turner that I haven't read on this forum. As the egg turner turns to each side the elevation of the egg drops. If you have a still air incubator the temperature of the air at the top of the eggs decreases as well. I have recorded a 1.5 degree temperature change from straight up to fully tilted to either side. My hatch rate has not been that great. I have a feeling this is my biggest problem.
     
  3. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
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    I like the auto turner you just plug it in and you don't have to worry about whether or not you turned them. I have not hatched many eggs yet, but on my second hatch 11 of the 12 eggs that were fertile hatched and are great.
     
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    j.luetkemeyer :

    I don't have an opinion either way, yet. I have noticed something regarding the auto turner that I haven't read on this forum. As the egg turner turns to each side the elevation of the egg drops. If you have a still air incubator the temperature of the air at the top of the eggs decreases as well. I have recorded a 1.5 degree temperature change from straight up to fully tilted to either side. My hatch rate has not been that great. I have a feeling this is my biggest problem.

    you have consider the average temp.. there are many reasons for a poor hatch.. temp control is not at the top of the list..

    whenever there is a post with "VS" in it, that is what you will get.. usually nothing is resolved in the end..

    If it were not for automatic turners, I would not hatch eggs.​
     
  5. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
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    I'm a newbie and I hatched 37 chicks out of 42 eggs with a still air bator and I did not have a humidity gadgit either. I did turn my eggs but the only thing I did not like about turning is that they are very smooth and my DD dropped one and I had several close call. Just giving you my experience this first time around. Don't know much about a turner.
     
  6. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

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    Me too I accidentally ordered to many eggs and they all did not fit into the turner so I had to turn some by hand (I was so mad). I kept hoping for infertile ones so i could move them to the turner. Luckily it worked out even so now no more hand turning. I ordered and extra bator and turner just in case this happens again!! [​IMG][​IMG] so the hubby thinks lol
     

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