Very basic automatic egg turner question.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JaceTx, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. JaceTx

    JaceTx Out Of The Brooder

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    In the past I've flipped my eggs by hand with the X and O method. I've received a used automatic turner and it seems that you put the small end of the egg in the holes first and it just "leans" the eggs to one side and the other without completely turning the eggs over. Is this right? How do the yolks not sink down to the bottom of the egg? Or is my egg turner missing pieces?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    That how it is supposed to work. In truth eggs aren't really turned, they're tilted from one side to the other. After 17 days take the turner out of your incubator and gently and quickly place eggs back, close, and don't open it until they have all hatched.
     
  3. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turning 180 degrees will actually kill your chicks in the shell and result in low hatch rates. Egg turners are only supposed to lean the eggs from side to side to keep them from getting stuck to the shell.
     
  4. tofuranch

    tofuranch What Came First????

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    You aren't missing any pieces, so go ahead and use that turner and have lots of fun.
     
  5. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is operating correctly....
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I agree!! It's fine!
     
  7. JaceTx

    JaceTx Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the responses!

    Why doesn't the yolk go to the bottom of the egg? Is it because the big end is up?
     
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:because of viscosity and density..

    the big end is up because that is where the air is ,, and the chick will pip at that end..

    personnally, I do not believe that eggs have to be turned as often as recommended..

    I use all auto turners, so I go along with the plan,,..but if I were turning by hand, I think I would turn only twice a day.. at least that is how I would start.. If I proved myself wrong, then I would turn more, I guess..
     
  9. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually the yolk floats, the older the egg is the more the yolk will travel to the top, in a fresh egg it stays in the center.
     

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