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Can you hatch chicken eggs without an incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by broodymamma, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. broodymamma

    broodymamma New Egg

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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!
     
  2. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  3. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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

    [​IMG] yes and even more with silkie eggs 18 i bet
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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

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