So, basically, I'm considering trying to incubate a few chicks to add to my flock this spring, especially a few bantams to ideally befriend my only bantam (my other bantam, her friend, passed away about a month ago). I don't have an incubator, and can't really invest in one. However, I've been looking around at different homemade incubators and thought I might be able to rig up one of those. I only want to set six or so eggs (I'll be happy with just one pullet, and I know I'll probably also end up with a roo or two). As I'm looking for such a small amount of chicks, I'm really hoping that I could rig something with just the materials I already have;
- 1 chick heat lamp
- 1 small heater (Could this be used like a fan?)
- Boxes- plastic, cardboard, ect.
- Baking trays
- Tinfoil (I have no idea why I'm listing this)
- Other miscellaneous household appliances/ trinkets
I don't know if any f these things might be helpful, and I know that I need to purchase a thermometer and humidity measure, but I thought that I could probably rig something up. Would a plastic bin work as a base, with the heat lamp for heat, heater for heat and to move the air, and trays of water/ containers with sponges for humidity work? I know that after I set something up, I would need to monitor it to make sure that it was constant for a few days before I put any eggs in.
Thanks for any advice!
Side note: I'm away from my house during the day, and don't have someone that could turn them for me while I was gone (From 7:30 to ~5:00). Instead of turning my eggs during the day, could I do it at night? Say, once right when I get home, once right before bed, once or twice in the middle of the night, once when I wake up, and once right before I leave? Will that work, or do they have t be turned during the day?