what do I do about the turner?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GwenFarms, May 20, 2008.

  1. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    This is my first time using a turner in an incubator. Some of you may remember that this is a bator a friend gave me to put guinea eggs in. After candling I think most are fertile. They are about 6 days out from hatch. What do I do at hatch time? Do I unplug the turner and let them sit, or what?
  2. CindyS

    CindyS Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    You can, I know some do, if you want a dirty icky turner to wash. I suggest you carefully lift out the turner, and lay the eggs on the wire. You will need to re adjust the temp, because the eggs will be lower. Especially in a still air machine. Good luck!
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    I'm not sure how the guinea eggs work, but I know that you are supposed to take chicken eggs out of the turner on day 18. I'm sure that is how the guinea eggs will work to, but I'm just not sure what day you need to take them out of the turner on. I'm sure that someone with more knowledge in this area will speak up! [​IMG]
  4. equus2

    equus2 Songster

    Some people leave them in, but I don't. I have a helper and I remove the turner, line the tray with that waffle-y like shelf liner, and transfer the eggs back into the bator. Sometimes I put them in hatching cups or an egg carton with the bottoms cut out.

    Don't forget to watch your temp, as removing the turner is also removing some supplemental heat. Give it a chance to stabilize, then adjust if need be.

    Good luck!
  5. I put my eggs in a carton at that point and take out the turner and set it aside. I put the egg cartons in and wait....and wait... and wait...
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    You unplug the turner and take it out on the evening of day 18...just removed the eggs set them in an egg carton or towel til you get the turner removed...then lay the eggs down on the wire mesh...remember your temps and humidity will go down when the turner comes out but should go right back to normal in a few hours so no fiddling with the temp controls.....

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