why do you have to turn eggs when you're incubating them??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bufforphington, May 29, 2012.

  1. bufforphington

    bufforphington In the Brooder

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    I've been reading a lot about chicks and hatching eggs. one thing that practically every thing said was to flip the eggs every 8 hours or so. WHY?????????
     
  2. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Songster

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    I'm pretty sure turning the egg keeps the developing chick from floating up to the shell then sticking and dieing. I turn mine three times a day. Hopefully some one with a little bit more knowledge will put in some input.
     
  3. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    yes bramabreeder your right is to help development and to mainly make sure the embryo dont stick to shell
     
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  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

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    It's exactly that, the developing chick would stick to side of shell. A broody hen feeds a few times a day, each time she returns to nest she rolls the eggs about. It's nature. On her 18th-ish day; once she feels the chicks moving in eggs under her she no longer leaves the nest or moves eggs. We duplicate this natural occurrence by raising humidity and not turning eggs last three days, called lock down.
     
  5. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Songster

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    Glad to know I know what I'm talking about.
     
  6. bufforphington

    bufforphington In the Brooder

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    THANK YOU!! VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!
     
  7. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Songster

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    Your welcome [​IMG]
     

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