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Turning question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cclarke, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. cclarke

    cclarke New Egg

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    Is it okay to turn eggs 3 times a day on some days and 5 times a day on others? My husband and I have different work schedules every day. I've heard that turning 3 times a day is good but 5 times is better. I can manage the 3 times but there are days when we can turn 5 times. Should I just stick with the same number the entire incubation period?
     
  2. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't see why not. I'm sure a hen doesn't keep count. [​IMG]
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I dont' think mother hen's can count... so turn when you can - so long as the eggs don't end up on the same side overnight or for extended periods..... (hence the uneven number of turns per day)
     
  4. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it okay to turn eggs 3 times a day on some days and 5 times a day on others?

    YES, it OK. I have planned hatches so days 3-8 fell on a holiday plus weekend because that is the most critical turning period (the more turns, the better as the circulatory system & other vitals are developing those critical days) and turned 5, 7 and even 9 times on some of those days and just 3 times on my work days. I had 100% hatch rate using this manual & varied turn method.

    Chris​
     
  5. cclarke

    cclarke New Egg

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    Thanks everyone! Chris, I did not know that there are critical turning days, so that info is very helpful.
     

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