using egg cartons advise please eggs going in tomorrow

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by loupan, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. loupan

    loupan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi i have been reading on here that alot of people say for best results keep shipped eggs in the egg carton to help with the air sac ,my question is what is the best way of turning the eggs whilst in the carton ,should i carry on with the x and o method and just quikly turn eggs round in carton ? also should i take carton out when it comes to lockdown any advise would be greatly appreciated as my last hatch was a disaster
    many thanks
     
  2. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to know the answer as I'll be in this situation in a couple weeks, too.
     
  3. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't use cartons, and I have had great hatches.
     
  4. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that with shipped eggs that you don't use cartons?
     
  5. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I've read is that they elevate one end of the carton at a time. Then switch ends. "Thats turning" in the carton method. I think the whole point is to keep the air cell in the proper end and not to let it float around. I'm not sure how long to keep them in the carton.

    Also some don't turn them at all for a few days.
     
  6. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think you're referring to receiving shipped eggs and allowing them to *sit* before placing them in the incubator.

    When I get shipped eggs, I let them sit in their egg carton until that evening to allow them to settle.

    I take them out of the carton and place them in my auto turner inside the incubator.


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  7. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    If you don't have an auto-turner in your incubator, you can keep the eggs in an egg carton. Then tilt the entire carton to "turn" the eggs by placing something under one end of the carton - then next time, move it to the other end of the carton. At lockdown, you stop turning the eggs. I keep eggs in the carton for lockdown. It keeps the newly hatched chicks from knocking the unhatched eggs around. I'm totally sold on using egg cartons for lockdown/hatching. I have an auto-turner - and I move the eggs from the auto-turner to egg cartons for lockdown. Good luck!
     
  8. loupan

    loupan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how much of an angle should i have the carton tilted doesnt seem like it would turn the eggs much sorry im still very new at this [​IMG]
     
  9. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    The purpose of turning the eggs to keep the yolk from sticking to the side. So there doesn't need to be a large angle for the turning. When I did it, I just placed a paperback book under one end - and then later, I moved the book to the other end of the carton. Once lockdown starts, the eggs aren't turned anymore.
     
  10. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm using an egg acrton for the first time right now. I received 12 duck eggs with floating air cells (one egg arrived rotten yuck!)...so i have them pointy end downa nd am using a snack sized NERDS pack to tuck under the elng side, then move to the other side. I suspect the angle isn;t enough. i also suspect none of these eggs are going to grow, for other reasons. [​IMG]
     

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