When stop turning? Eggs collected a week before incubation, then many added up to a week after start

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by robocluck, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. robocluck

    robocluck In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2013
    Hi, Everyone!

    I have a mix of 2 banty (almost completely round brown Polish -- was fun choosing the big end!) and 39 regular sized chicken eggs.

    My first eggs should start hatching on Jan 25. I continued to replace dirty eggs for a week after that, so I have a week delay between the first set and the following eggs (all are date labeled with pencil -- and I started incubating on the 4th). Both banty eggs were later additions.

    They have been in an autoturner inside the incubatpr since incubate day 1 (Jan 4).

    The incubator has been a constant 99.5 degrees the entire time, except for the power outage for 5.5 hrs this past Saturday, which had them drift down to 70F, then back up when the power resumed.

    Every night I refill the water reservoir. Tonight I finally get to add my new humidity sensor (yeah!), though I really don't have much of a choice -- the reservoir is full when I'm done, and it's almost empty when I find it.

    The dirty eggs that I culled had very long blood vessels in them when they hit the frying pan, so I have at least a few in the incubator fertile ;).

    So .... question ..... I apparently can't disable just one row of the autoturner, so when should I stop turning everyone? Last eggs will hatch Feb 1.


  2. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Songster

    May 23, 2013
    Hello! The conditions for day 1-18 are different than the last 3 days, so it is not recommended to stagger hatch within the same incubator. To do a staggered hatch, I use 2 incubators (one is for hatching conditions)... doing them combined can be your experiment!

    I highly recommend the 2 links in my signature for information on hatching & the dry incubation method.

    What day are you on?
  3. robocluck

    robocluck In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2013
    I've got only 5 days to go before the first ones hatch (so I'm day 16) and 12 days to go for the last eggs (so they are only Day 11) .... I was going to turn the turner off Wednesday the 22nd, which will be 3 days before the first 2/3 of everyone hatching, and 10 days before the last eggs hatching. Or, since the "turning" is simply a gentle, 1D tilt past vertical in each direction, is it that bad to just let them all keep tilting?
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    Is there anybody you can borrow an incubator from? It will definitely be an experiment.

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