what happens if i dont turn the eggs in the incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ninjascrub69, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    im not going to try it because i already have an automatic egg turner, but my cousin wont spend the money on one and he wants to hatch some of his leghorn eggs. will any make it or is it just a waste of his time?
  2. pax12

    pax12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2008
    you wont have a good hatch if you dont turn them
  3. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    You can hand turn them 3 times a day. You have to turn them or they will grow deformed and stick to the one side of the egg it is laying on. You don't turn them the last 3 days of incubation.
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    why don't you try it just to see what happens, i've also heard the turning is not as important as once thought, example, someone on here had an abandoned egg hatch because it was warn enough outside and the humidity was right, i think it was a quail? there are other examples out there too.
  5. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    They wont hatch well. The chicks will all form to one side in the egg They may be deformed and have trouble hatching. Lots of people hand turn. Just make sure you do it an odd number of times per day.

    When I first got my brinsea cabinet bator I set the eggs on their sides. The trays have these long channels and it just seemed to me they should be laying down. So about a week later I candle and every single chick is on one side of the egg. Realizing what I did I immediately mark them and set them on the opposite side for a few days. Then I set them upright for the rest of incubation. Keep in mind that they were in a turner........just on their side instead on straight up and down. I only had about 1/2 hatch. I usually get 100% hatch rates with that bator. I'm sure it would have been much lower had they not been in the turner.
  6. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    You can always hand turn. People did that for years and it worked just fine. If a person wasn't to turn the eggs, you will have a lower hatch rate and some stuck in shell chicks. I have read the same thing though as Buck Creek Chickens. There was one study done on turning verses not turning eggs and it pretty much found that turning was the most important during a specific phase of incubation, but was not as important throughout the whole of incubation as was once thought. A lot of people hand turn waterfowl eggs, us included, but not so much with chicken eggs. We have noticed that on the hatches that we don't turn the eggs as religiously, we have more stuck in shell and slightly lower hatch so that must hold true to some extent.
  7. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    is there any way to make an automatic egg turner, he's a cheap a** wipe and wont spend money on anything, i feel bad for the chicks that are gunna come out of his incubator. i keep telling him that he should just spend the 30 bucks but he wont listen

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