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Homemade incubator, not working :( Please help

post #1 of 3
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Hello Everyone :)

 

With great intentions I made my own incubator for my duck eggs. It was my first time incubating at all. 

Well today I found that...it failed miserably. I was just keeping eggs warm really.

The temperature was varying about 1 - 2 degrees give or take, the humidity.....admittedly I was guessing. :idunno

 

Questions;

 

Could it be my drake?

Is humidity very important to keep constant?

How do I keep a more constant temperature?

Is it better to have a fan in the incubator or does it matter?

 

Thank you so much,

Sophia

 

~Ciao for now~

post #2 of 3

I just did my very first hatch with a homemade incubator for chickens, and I have a 2nd homemade incubator with more eggs to come soon.  Through the course of this I've had 2 rotten eggs and 4 infertile eggs.  The infertile eggs looked like I was just keeping them warm when I examined them.  Are you certain that the eggs were fertile?

 

My temp was all over the place many times, and my humidity was too, but I guess it was steady enough for these healthy little chicks to hatch.  You should go to target or walmart and buy a 5 dollar hygrometer that measures humidity.  As far as ventilation goes, I placed a hole in my cooler directly below my heat source which was a light bulb.  The light bulb was mid-way up on the styrofoam chest wall.  Then I put a bigger vent hole on the opposite side of the chest on the top.  This created convection and surprisingly was pulling a good deal of air through the incubator.  It certainly wasn't like a fan, but it was much more than I expected.

 

Hope this helps for the future!

post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thank you sooo much for your reply.

 

I have taken your advice and got a hydrometer and made adjustments to my incubator.

I wasn't entirely sure if the eggs were fertilized. It's hard to tell for me. I am very new to this.

Your post has helped me out so much. I hope it works this time.

Thank you again,

Sophia.

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