100% hatch rate first time incubating in homemade incubator

shan04

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 23, 2014
45
2
77


This was my first time making a incubator and first time incubating my own eggs and I'm so proud they all hatched, all 9. I can say for the most part my little non fancy ice cooler incubator with only a fan and bulb in it stayed pretty consistent at 99 to 100 degrees except for a few times when the temp in that room changed it went as high as 104 and as low as 95 a few times and I was sure they were all dead but waited it out. everyone hatched healthy and right on time days 21 and 22. The only thing I will need to change for this next round is on day 18 raise the humidity to over 75%. I kept it around 65 and I had a chick get stuck to his egg cause it wasn't humid enough and I had to give him a warm bath to get the dried egg shells and goop off him. I did not do much for them didn't put in any fancy equipment our go all out on my bator. I didn't even worry about the humidity I did a dry batch turned them 3 to 5 times a day a quarter of a turn. I figured the eggs are outside in nature the mom's don't worry what times or how many times they turn there babies, there exposed to all kinds of temp changes and they hatch inn nature just fine. I will be putting in another batch in a few days along with a couple duck eggs.
 

woodsygal

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 14, 2013
84
8
41
Congrats and good for you! When my temps spiked that high, I lost them all.
 

shan04

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 23, 2014
45
2
77
Well I think my temps only were at that degree for a few hours each time, so maybe I just got lucky on this one. Lol
 

woodsygal

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 14, 2013
84
8
41
Mine happened the day after lockdown so that may have made it worse, not really sure. I keep it in the basement now to prevent spikes on those first warm spring days. The humidity is more consistent too.
 

shan04

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 23, 2014
45
2
77
I have cochins, I love the breed not only beautiful but easy tempered and my girls lay a egg almost daily.
 

Cowpoke

Songster
6 Years
Dec 8, 2013
206
14
101
Southeast Texas


This was my first time making a incubator and first time incubating my own eggs and I'm so proud they all hatched, all 9. I can say for the most part my little non fancy ice cooler incubator with only a fan and bulb in it stayed pretty consistent at 99 to 100 degrees except for a few times when the temp in that room changed it went as high as 104 and as low as 95 a few times and I was sure they were all dead but waited it out. everyone hatched healthy and right on time days 21 and 22. The only thing I will need to change for this next round is on day 18 raise the humidity to over 75%. I kept it around 65 and I had a chick get stuck to his egg cause it wasn't humid enough and I had to give him a warm bath to get the dried egg shells and goop off him. I did not do much for them didn't put in any fancy equipment our go all out on my bator. I didn't even worry about the humidity I did a dry batch turned them 3 to 5 times a day a quarter of a turn. I figured the eggs are outside in nature the mom's don't worry what times or how many times they turn there babies, there exposed to all kinds of temp changes and they hatch inn nature just fine. I will be putting in another batch in a few days along with a couple duck eggs.
That is AWESOME!
Congratulations on a Great Hatch!
Can you post a pick of your bator?
 
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