turning eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by amanda_dedi, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. amanda_dedi

    amanda_dedi In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2008
    Why must eggs in the incubator be turned? I wanted to know if hens turn their own eggs(hmm..) and if they don't why do we turn them? Its not really a big deal turning the eggs, but I just want to know why:lol:
    I know it has something to do with the embryo settling, but i'm not sure and haven't found any good articles. Please help!

  2. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Quote:There are two main reasons.

    Firstly, there is a danger of either the yolk or the developing embryo sticking to the shell if it remains still.

    Secondly, the embryo uses the turning to create space for effective removal of waste.

    Both of these are obviated by turning and yes, the hen turns her eggs about every 30 mins.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Yes, broody hens turn their eggs everyday, every so often that day...

    The reason is to keep the yolk from settling to one side and to exercise the embryo....Turning should be done either by hand 3 or 5 times a day you want odd turning numbers...If you have a turner its done for you....
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2008
  4. amanda_dedi

    amanda_dedi In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2008
    Thank you very much. I understand now [​IMG]

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