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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:02 am 
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Hi Everyone,

I am using an incubator for the first time for some spare fertile eggs.

It is probably a stupid question, but....

I know when I am storing eggs they should be pointy end down.

When I put them in the incubator though, which way up should they be if any? I thought maybe still pointy end down but they don/t seem to sit too well in the racks. They sit better pointy end up.
I was thinking maybe it doesn't matter as the broody hen turns them all the time and they could end up any way up.
Pointy end up? Down? Doesn't matter?

All advice greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Tracy @ Auburn, SA
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:10 am 
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Yes it does matter, the large end develops the air cell and its easier for the chick to hatch this end. With a hen the eggs are on their side and turned regularly.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:18 am 
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Hi Tracy and welcome to BYP.
The general rule is to incubate pointy egg down as this allows the air space to develop at the blunt end and makes it easier for the chick to turn and 'break out'. There are some studies which indicate otherwise but most people prefer point down. Some incubators are set up for the eggs to incubate on their sides but even then (and also under a broody) chicks tend to emerge from the blunt end. The general advice is to lay eggs on their sides at day 18 (lock down), however some of us prefer to leave the eggs upright for hatching.
Good luck and what sort of eggs do you have set?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:43 am 
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Thank you mycoola and sue55.

I will turn them to be pointy end down. They just don't sit real well in the rack.
So glad I asked as I want to get off on the right foot.

I had 15 silver sussex eggs and put 9 under a broody chook. We kept 6 just in case one of the other girls decided to become broody also. No-one else has though and I didn't want to waste them, so we bought a 15 egg incubator. I've put the 6 eggs in it this evening.

It is set at 37.5C and I have a thermometer inside to keep an independent eye on it. Humidity is hovering around 55%.

Thank you for the help, it is appreciated heaps.

Tracy @ Auburn, SA


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:35 pm 
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Good luck with your hatch! It never stops being exciting. :clnava


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