The incubator provides the optimal conditions for eggs to hatch. But the incubator only provides heat from one direction only. This is why you will need an egg turner.
Eggs turner is the equipment that helps you turning eggs from side to side. It ensures that in the development process, the embryo won’t stick to the side of the eggshell. You can turn egg by an automatic egg turner or doing it by hand.
Turing egg instruction
Almost modern incubators will come with an automatic egg turner. You just need to set the frequency of turning and the machine does it all for you.
For optimal results, eggs have to turn at least 2-3 times per day during the incubation period, it is believed that it will be better if you can turn eggs for 4-5 times per day.
The angle to turn eggs is also important. Placing the eggs lay in the incubator for the angle of 45º is optimal.
There is a note that you should stop turning the eggs before 3 days they hatch. Because in those 3 days, the embryos will slowly move to their hatching positions so you do not have to turn eggs.
If you are using an automatic egg turner, ensure that you remove eggs from the turner before 3 days last and place them in the incubator floor.
Turning the eggs by hand
If you do not have the egg turner, you can do it by yourself. Placing eggs in the incubator horizontally. Then draw an “X” on one side of the egg and draw an “O” on the other side to mark and ensure that all the sides of the egg are turned.
At least 2-3 times per day (it is always better to turn more times) gently turn the eggs. Ensure that the eggs never lay on one side for two consecutive nights. Keep turning until 3 days last before hatching.