So I wanted to hatch my own eggs and none of my girls were broody. So I looked on-line and did hours of research and decided to build my own incubator. In all it only cost about $25 to build since I had a lot of the items it required. Next, I got it up to temperature and humidity and made sure it was working for a couple of days. During those couple of days I selected the eggs that I wanted to put in and decided to only do five eggs, two of which I knew were from my easter eggers.
BTW...I have a RIR roo and a combination of EE, RIR, buff orpingotns, and a plymouth rock.
On Jan 9th I put my eggs in the incubator. Because all of the eggs were either brown (3) or green (2), it was really hard to candle them, but it appeared all of them were viable around day 12. But I had hopes for at least 3 maybe 4 based on more hours of research.
Well, this past Saturday morning (Jan. 23) my wife goes down to let the dog out and comes running back up the stairs, wakes me up and says she hears "peeps." Sure enough one of the eggs has hatched. And 2 of the others have the peep hole. Two hours later we had 2 more chicks and to my surprise one of the other eggs has a peep hole. An hour later #4 is out and about and, I'll be darned if the last egg doesnt also have a peep hole.
By 6pm on the 21st day ALL 5 OF MY EGGS had successfully hatched.
The top right chick is definitely form the EE because he has little tufts like the EE do. And I dont think I would be far off to say that the top left chick is from the Plymouth Rock. But I dont know which of the other 3 is from the other EE egg and who knows about the other two.
I am a newbie no more to hatching eggs. Dont get me wrong. I dont have wild ideas that I will be this successful everytime, but for the first time...It makes me want to run out to the coop and grab my next set of eggs :-)