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Can you hatch chicken eggs without an incubator?

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When I was a kid my mom hatched duck eggs in a plastic shoebox with a goose neck lamp over them, spritzed them a couple times a day and turned them a couple times a day. Can I do the same with my silkie eggs or do I need an incubator? I have a broody Buff Orphington who is sitting on 4 eggs and I don't think I can fit anymore under her. My other hens don't want to nest. What can I do?

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uhm, yes but you will likely have some issues with temps fluxuating drastically.
I once tried to hatch a goose like this, ended up frying the poor chick at a sustained temp of 104 for and hour 4 days before it was due to hatch. I'd rather spend $30 on a cooler bator than risk it with a desk lamp.

I'm looking to swap Coturnix eggs for turkey eggs.

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I'm looking to swap Coturnix eggs for turkey eggs.

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When I was a kid my mom hatched duck eggs in a plastic shoebox with a goose neck lamp over them, spritzed them a couple times a day and turned them a couple times a day. Can I do the same with my silkie eggs or do I need an incubator? I have a broody Buff Orphington who is sitting on 4 eggs and I don't think I can fit anymore under her. My other hens don't want to nest. What can I do?

Thanks!


If you buff orp is a normal size you can probably put 10-12 eggs under her!! Definetly more than 4!!

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Great hubby, 2 kids, 3 furry babies, lots of chickens!!

Blue, Black & Splash Marans. Blue Slate, Narragansett, & Rio Grand Turkeys, 

Guineas & Bob White Quail! NPIP Certified #851

 

 

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When I was a kid my mom hatched duck eggs in a plastic shoebox with a goose neck lamp over them, spritzed them a couple times a day and turned them a couple times a day. Can I do the same with my silkie eggs or do I need an incubator? I have a broody Buff Orphington who is sitting on 4 eggs and I don't think I can fit anymore under her. My other hens don't want to nest. What can I do?

Thanks!


If you buff orp is a normal size you can probably put 10-12 eggs under her!! Definetly more than 4!!


thumbsup  yes and even more with silkie eggs 18 i bet

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I have never had problems setting 14 or 15 under broody Orpington girls!

Smith/Giles "project" Lavender Orpingtons, Spring of 2012 Part English "project" Lavenders , Part English BBS Orpingtons, Buff Orpingtons and Bantam Light Brahmas.  Follow me down the yellow brick road!!! 

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Smith/Giles "project" Lavender Orpingtons, Spring of 2012 Part English "project" Lavenders , Part English BBS Orpingtons, Buff Orpingtons and Bantam Light Brahmas.  Follow me down the yellow brick road!!! 

I'm holding out for the gold star !!!!   

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