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Hatching eggs w/o a rotation device.

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Hmm. I have seen a lot of people's home made incubator's that don't have the automatic turner. I would think that w/o a rotation device the incubation goes arye because i think you have to keep opening the incubator to rotate the eggs. 

 

I know I'm probably highly wrong, but can someone shine a light about this? 

How can you manage the heat inside the incubator and rotate the eggs 3x a day? and when do you rotate the eggs (morning/lunch/dinner?)

 

Hmmm. I am renting an incubator from a farm and it has the rotation device so i don't have to rotate the eggs. 

I remember when I tried to hatch an egg from my dad's friend's farm a while back. I did not know anything about it, I used an aqurium w/ hay and put the egg in that. I wonder if i did it the right way, if the eggs were fertilized or not.. 

 

 

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Hmm. I have seen a lot of people's home made incubator's that don't have the automatic turner. I would think that w/o a rotation device the incubation goes arye because i think you have to keep opening the incubator to rotate the eggs. 

 

I know I'm probably highly wrong, but can someone shine a light about this? 

How can you manage the heat inside the incubator and rotate the eggs 3x a day? and when do you rotate the eggs (morning/lunch/dinner?)

 

Hmmm. I am renting an incubator from a farm and it has the rotation device so i don't have to rotate the eggs. 

I remember when I tried to hatch an egg from my dad's friend's farm a while back. I did not know anything about it, I used an aqurium w/ hay and put the egg in that. I wonder if i did it the right way, if the eggs were fertilized or not.. 

 

 




Here is my egg turning device. I can turn 20 eggs all at once, and I don't have to open the incubator.

 

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Edited by quintinp - 3/2/12 at 7:28am

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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That is awesome. :) 

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That is awesome. :) 



Thank you, I didn't create it, I just got the idea from some of the homemade incubator contest submissions.

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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A lot depends on how the homemade incubator is made. What you are seeing on a thermometer is the air temperature. The core temperature of the eggs is different. Once they warm up, they hold heat pretty well. So as long as the incubator recovers temperature and humidity in a reasonable amount of time, it does not hurt to open the incubator. It takes a long time for the center of the egg to cool off. That's also why a short temperature spike is normally not fatal.

Same with humidity. It is average humidity and average core temperature of the egg that is important, not air temperature or humidity in one snapshot of time.

I don't have a homemade incubator, but it is amazing at some of the turners some people have made. We have some really ingenious people on this forum. And like QuintinP's, some are so simple you smack your forehead when you see it for overthinking it. I like simple.

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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