How to manually turn the eggs in your incubator?

Eggs should be rotated at least 3 times a day (5–7 times is even better) at the same time, at a 45 degree resting angle in alternate directions for the first 18 days of incubation in order to prevent the embryos from adhering to the overlying shell.

Turning the eggs by hand is the most demanding and tedious part of the incubation process — make sure your hands are sanitized before and after handling the eggs to avoid transferring bacteria and oil onto the surface of the eggs.

Mark each egg with a pencil “X” and “O” on opposite ends to keep track of the turning. Place the “X” side up, then the “O” side up at the next turning time. Alternate this procedure each turning cycle until the last three days before hatching — this will give the chicks time to position themselves properly for hatching.

 

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