Hatching your own eggs of any kind is a really fun and rewarding experience. No matter if you are incubating ducks, geese, chickens, or anything else, you can take comfort and pride in the fact that you have successfully brought another few creatures into this world.
Getting these eggs to hatch isn’t as easy as it sounds and there are a key factors and steps to follow if you want as many eggs as possible to hatch. On a side note, hatching eggs comes with about a 50 – 60 percent hatch rate; sometimes a little more or less. It’s going to take you roughly 3 weeks of hard work and dedication to get your eggs to hatch, and that’s of course with the use of an incubator.
If you want your eggs to hatch you have to turn them on a consistent basis. Keep reading our guide on how to rotate your eggs in an incubator.
State Of The Art Incubators
Of course you always have the option of getting yourself a modern, fully automated, and digital egg incubator that is going to do virtually everything for you. These incubators have programmed settings for various different types of eggs which will then turn them as necessary. Obviously these incubators are pretty expensive so you can always go with one that doesn’t have so many automated features. That being said you will have to do the work yourself.
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The Time To Turn Your Eggs
In nature chickens will turn their eggs 3 to 4 times per day, every day, and this doesn’t change until near the end of the 3 week incubation period. Near the end of the incubation period, during the last 2 days, just before the eggs are ready to hatch, they won’t require turning anymore. Try to turn the eggs on a constant basis with even time periods in between turns. Something like 6 am, 12 pm, 6 pm, and 12 am is a good schedule to keep for turning your eggs.
How To Turn Your Eggs
There are 2 different methods that you can use to turn your eggs, but before you get to that you should take a marker or some tape and mark one end of the egg with an X and the other with an O. This is so you don’t lose track of which way you last turned it. The first method you can follow is to turn the egg from 45 degrees to 180 degrees according to the schedule discussed above. The other method that you can use is to have some sort of tray or stand to have the eggs standing at a 30 degree angle. Instead of turning the eggs you can then tilt them in the other direction.
Checking For Problems
A good thing to do when turning your eggs is to check them. First of all check them for any damage. If your eggs have any cracks and have begun to leak fluid they will no longer hatch because of germs and other factors. Even if the cracked egg does manage to hatch, chances are that the chick will not be healthy. Another thing that you can do while turning the eggs is to candle them using a candle or flashlight and a toilet paper role. This is so you can shine light through the egg to see if the embryo is developing properly.
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Why Turn The Eggs
The reason that you need to turn your eggs is because that is what hens do naturally. This is to ensure that there is even heat distribution and so that the embryo doesn’t develop while laying on only one side. If you don’t turn the eggs the embryos will most likely develop complications that may render them damaged or make it so that they will not hatch.