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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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Jaci, 6 April 2020

Where do I mark on the egg??!!

Tom, 23 October 2019

I have a supposed auto egg turning incubator. The auto turning process of the incubator seems to only rock the eggs from front to back, but every other day In am turning the eggs ever so gently a 180 degree turn. Hope I’m doing this right ? Please give me some input here. P.S. after the 4th day of incubation I have candle most of the 30 eggs and I can see traces of spidering or dark shaded places in the incubating eggs.

Alexandria, 11 April 2019

This website was very helpful. Thank you!

Shelly, 30 March 2019

I have an incubator that say it turns eggs but it’s not actually turning them. I took it upon myself to turn them a 1/4 turn & upside down. How have I affected my eggs?

Danielle, 23 January 2019

Hello When it says put the eggs in lockdown on the 18th day do they mean on the day of 18 or is it that night is the last turn and it sits on that side till it hatches? I have eggs that are on there 9th day of incubation and would like to know ahead of time. Thank you

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