Turning eggs by hand

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LilMissPetie, May 24, 2011.

  1. LilMissPetie

    LilMissPetie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I am new to all of this. I am on day 4 and have been turning the eggs by hand, at least 3 times a day. Is that enough? Should it be more than that? How long should I wait in between turns? I have never done this before, so Just looking for tips or advice, what has worked for you and what hasn't. Thanks so much, and yes I am already addicted to the BYC forum and haven't even been a member for 24 hours...[​IMG]
     
  2. florasbell

    florasbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi you can turn as many times as you like 3 is the min i turn mine every 3/4 hrs
     
  3. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I turn mine twice a day- morning and night. Have had pretty good hatches.

    I know several other people that just turn twice or even once a day. If you think about it the eggs in a nest don't get turned very often.
     
  4. giggleboxfarm

    giggleboxfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Really? I was under the impression that they got turned alot in the nest, just a little bit at a time.
     
  5. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    Quote:Really? I was under the impression that they got turned alot in the nest, just a little bit at a time.

    I know with my ducks- their eggs are piled on top of each other- I just don't see how they get turned that much. I have only had 1 broody chicken and she didn't move her eggs except when she got up to eat and drink-usually twice a day.
     
  6. karmlacres

    karmlacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I try for 3 times a day but at least 2 times a day. I saw some info once that said the first 1.5 weeks was the most critical. My understanding is so that the membrane(?) doesn't get stuck to the inside of the shell. I'm 11 days into a hatch right now, my 3rd or 4th hatch. My hatch rates are improving [​IMG]
     
  7. natchlaly

    natchlaly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I turn mine 3 times a day which is the recommended minimum and you should always turn eggs an odd number of times a day so that the embryo is at a different side of the egg on alternate nights to avoid the chick sticking [​IMG] Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  8. Alexander

    Alexander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3-5 times a day.Plus it depends on the egg.If it is chicken then three times are good.If its turkey or duck then i would recommend 5.

    Also dont forget to stop turning them on lockdown [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2011
  9. crazyeggs

    crazyeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I turned 5 times a day.
     
  10. ninnyeggs

    ninnyeggs Out Of The Brooder

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    i plan on doing mine morning noon and night good luck! [​IMG]
     

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