Turning eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ryan81986, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. Ryan81986

    Ryan81986 In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    I am going to try and start building my own incubator like the one here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=7562-The_GopherBator

    just had one question, how often do you turn the eggs and how/how much do you turn them? I'm assuming since it looks like the egg basket doesnt turn more than a few degrees in either direction that you only move them a little bit so I figured I'd ask.
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Ya turn at least 3 times a day. Odd numbered times so that they spend the night on a different side each night. Each time you turn you move them as far from one side to the other as you can. Most turners go to about 45 degrees.
  3. Ryan81986

    Ryan81986 In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    Ok thanks, do you turn it, then turn it back, or turn it and leave it in that spot?
  4. abooth

    abooth Songster

    turn it and leave it til next time. it is to keep it from sticking to the shell. so like 8 hours on one side then 8 on the other and so on
  5. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    I hatched mine in a converted wine chiller. I put the eggs in 2 cartons. I marked an X one end and and O on the other. I propped a carton on the left wall and a carton of the right wall, both at a 45 degree angle. When I turned the eggs, I would pull out the carton, spin it around and place it back where it was. By spinning it around the eggs were laying the opposite way. On day 19 I put the eggs on a hatching tray I made out of one of the shelves that came with the chiller.

    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009

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