Turning eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NawtyBits, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. NawtyBits

    NawtyBits New Egg

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    I'm going to try to hatch some of my eggs. I've read a ton of stuff, but need some clarification on turning.

    When you hand turn, you turn them 3 or 5 times a day, and it appears you turn them 180 degrees on their sides.

    Some of the homemade turners appear to only tilt eggs, say 45 degrees to the left, then 45 degrees to the right. Is this correct, or am I misinterpreting the pictures?

    How much turning/tilting is sufficient??

    Thanks!!
     
  2. cowman910

    cowman910 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the point of turning them is so that the embryo keeps moving and doesnt stick to the shell so you can turn them however you want as long as the air cell is pointed up and the pointy end of the shell is down
     
  3. Ridgerunner

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  4. NawtyBits

    NawtyBits New Egg

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    Quote:Thanks!

    So, if I make a home made turner of sorts, and it tilts 45left and 45right, will not the chick "settle" to the "bottom" and stick?
     
  5. killer

    killer Chillin' With My Peeps

    30 deg or less is all you need. they will float to the side that is up.
     
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  6. NawtyBits

    NawtyBits New Egg

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    Quote:Ahh. Floating, not sinking. Funny thing that. All of the stuff I've read has never mentioned anything about floating. Sticking, yes..turning, yes...but never the "physics" of it.

    Floating.

    Thank you.
     

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