How to manually turn the eggs in your incubator

If you don’t have an automatic turning incubator, you should turn your eggs about 3-5 times per day from the second day onwards. It is important not to forget to turn your eggs and some people remember to do it after every meal.You should not turn your egg after Day 18 which is two - three days before the chick will hatch. This will give the chick time to position itself properly for hatching.

A Brinsea Mini Eco with eggs marks with X's

A Brinsea Mini Eco with eggs marks with X's

If you have marked your egg with an X on one side you can easily tell if you have turned your egg or not. You should remove the lid of the incubator for as little time as possible. However, don’t rush and make sure you turn the egg carefully without jarring them. As you move them around the temperature and humidity of the incubator will drop but it will soon recover its temperature. Interestingly, an unfertilised egg will loose heat rapidly while a fertilised egg will not. This is how a hen know which eggs to throw out of the nest.

Finally, when you turn the eggs manually, you should make sure that you hands are washed to avoid transferring bacteria and oil onto the surface of the egg.

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Comments

Dale, 10 September 2016

Stephen you want to turn the eggs a different time each time you turn them and you have to be gentle the forming blood vessels are very fragile. Ken you want the fat end of the egg up and the pointy end down this will keep the air cell in the right positition in the egg and will prevent drowning of the chick if the air cell is damaged. Lara you will want to turn the eggs they need to be on a different side each time you turn this keeps the embryo from sticking to the inner membrane. Jessica the humidity and temp will vary with different incubators the best place to go and ask questions would be backyard chickens.com or go to another section of this website a lot of people seem to come here. Samwel. We turn the eggs so the embryo doesn't stick to the inner membrane. Hope this helps everyone


Stephen, 14 August 2016

to what degree do you turn eggs each time thanks


Ken, 20 June 2016

I don't understand pointy end down? The incubator is level, what is down? And what does it mean to "turn the egg about the pointy end".


Lara, 11 May 2016

hi I have just put my eggs in my mini incubator pointy end down. I need to turn them manually. How would you advise I do this ? Should I move them on their side or leave as they are? Confused a little!


Jessica, 5 April 2016

What are the correct temperatures for the incubator temp and humidity and do you need to raise the humidity when it come time for hatching ? Xx

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