Turning Question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 3forfree, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a bator last year, and had almost a 50% hatch rate hatching 5 out of 12. The bator I made was from a styrofoam cooler, and I turned the eggs that were laying flat 180 degrees three times a day. After the 20 day mark I left them alone.
    I modified the old bator to include a turner that will be turned manually. I plan on putting the eggs in a carton, and turning them all at once. I won't be able to turn them as far as the last ones, will this have any effect on them, or do they need to be turned over like I did on the old one? Do the eggs have to be in the carton a certain way, big side up or down, or doesn't it matter. Thanks. One more thing. The eggs will sit upright in the carton, and will be turned side to side, does this matter. Thanks again.
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Turning side to side is fine and leaving them in the cartons is fine. Big end up always! [​IMG]
     
  3. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    When you place them in the carton, put them in pointy side down. As long as you move the carton 45 degrees each time you turn, you will be ok. Auto turners for the Hovas and LGs all turn eggs at 45 degrees. When I used a carton to hatch in, I got a cheap tea light candle holder from walmart for like a dollar. They are made out of glass. I used it to take turns propping one side up at a time. Good luck in your hatch.
     
  4. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    If you can't quite make 45 degrees that is still OK.

    The object of turning it to keep the yolk from sticking to the side of the shell. Moving it around enough for the yolk to slide up or down will be just fine.

    45 degrees is ideal though because that puts a 90* turn 3x per day.
     
  5. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I agree with everyone else. I noticed you said you stopped turning after day 20? You are supposed to stop after day 18. Good luck
     
  6. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm sure that it was day 18, it's been awhile and I'm old. My turner will be able to move more than 45 degrees so I'll be ok. Thanks for all the info.
     
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