Turning eggs in homemade 'bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AndreaGS, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. AndreaGS

    AndreaGS Songster

    Sep 12, 2008
    West Sacramento, CA
    I started making a turner for my homemade incubator (modeled after MissPrissy's), but it was all starting to get very complicated.

    If I put the eggs in a carton and tilt the whole 'bator, would that have the same effect? Would it be ok? Or is there any reason the homemade turner (not automatic, just so I don't have to open the incubator and turn by hand) would be better?

    Thanks! I got some eggs off ebay and they should be here next week [​IMG]
  2. freddy22

    freddy22 Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    I dont see why you couldnt do that...my only thought is if you have water in a tray it may spill
  3. AndreaGS

    AndreaGS Songster

    Sep 12, 2008
    West Sacramento, CA
    Thanks freddy! That would make things so much easier. The room we'll be incubating in stays in the 60-65% range of humidity (also growing my seedlings here). And the tray for water is high-sided, so it should be fine.

    I'll also be able to fit more eggs this way... [​IMG]

    Thank you again!
  4. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Franklin, NC
    I wanted to hatch using the egg cartons, but when I tilted the bator all the water ran everywhere and my temp would drop every time I changed the position of the bator. Also had trouble with them rolling out of the carton. Finally I gave up and and went back to the way that works best for me and thats on a thin towel on the grid of the bator. Its ok to take the lid off to turn the eggs because the hen rolls them around all day and they need the air! I have hatched 100's of chicks this way..
    Good Luck!
  5. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    I dont know what you are making your bator out of but would it work to have a turning frame that you could turn from outside the bator? If so, check out my page in the link on the left. It is similar to the gopher bator turner.

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