Zero turn/ not turning eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CajunFeatherz, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

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    I just don't. Not only is my coop really not equipped for one and chicks, I just don't trust them to do the job when I need chicks. With sanitizing my eggs, I never have any explode. I've even forgotten the bag of quitters/clears I removed on lockdown on the basement counter for two weeks, and none even smelled.

    I don't think there's anything *wrong* with using broodies, it's just not for me. At least not at this stage.
     
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  2. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    I like hatching in the incubator and giving the chicks to broodies, it gives me more control over the process. They do a much better job caring for the chicks than I ever could.
     
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  3. HatchCraft

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    Original it was thought differential heating necessitated rotating the egg and the may still be the case with still air incubators. Force air incubator reduce the problem but uneven heating may still play a role in many incubator designs. I have spent a considerable amount of time evaluating incubator designs for that very reason.
     
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  4. HatchCraft

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    That is awful, I have experience the usual mix of early and late quitters, but nothing so graphic as you.
     
  5. HatchCraft

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    Honestly chickens do it best, but incubators offer more flexibility with hatch date and such. Also I really enjoy incubating.
     
  6. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    This post has some interesting links, if you want to read some of those old studies.
    One of them says that a broody hen turns an egg 96 times PER DAY! Wow!


     
  7. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    Then giving a broody incubator chicks is the best of both worlds! I had one hen that was sitting on eggs last year. Right at hatch, one bad egg exploded and killed 3 of the 9 chicks that were hatching. The remaining 6 hatched, but 2 more of them eventually died. I think from contamination from the bad egg. I gave 5 incubator chicks that hatched the week before to the broody after I cleaned everything up and while her remaining eggs were still hatching. The incubator babies didn't accept her at first, but the little chicks showed the older ones how to use her for warmth and they accepted the hen. It made my life a LOT easier.
     
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  8. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    It isn't anything i'd want to see again.
    DH wanted to hatch eggs himself I didn't know he wasn't turning, really didn't cross my mind you know?
    I'd much rather had them quit than hatch like that.
     
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  9. HatchCraft

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    That is interesting. Some of the newer studies use fake eggs containing data logger that record the angle, degree of rotation and frequency eggs are turned. Chickens know best for natural incubation, but artificial incubation may be another story.
     
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  10. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    Turning helps the development of the chorio-allantoic membrane, which is how the developing embryo gets oxygen and disposes of carbon dioxide. Not turning can also lead to the embryo sticking to the shell, which can cause deformities.

    Some studies say there's really no need to turn after day 14, I think it is. The chorio-allantoic membrane is usually fully developed by that point, so I can see how that would be the case.
     
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