Cardboard box incubators

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mikecnorthwest, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    Has anyone hatched eggs using a simple cardboard box with only a light bulb? I've seen simple instructions for building one but it seems that the success rate for hatching would be low.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2009
  2. Sunny the Hippie Chick

    Sunny the Hippie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Brookings Oregon
    Ive used a styrofoam cooler and a light. And that was hard enough to regulate temperatures.

    I would imagine the cardboard box would be even harder to keep at the right temp.
  3. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    South Central Texas
    I have seen cardboard boxes used for brooders but not for incubating. If you had several layers for insulation, it might work. Let us know if you decide to try it and how it works! [​IMG]
  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    When we had muscovy many years ago we hatched a lot of their eggs inside of a fish tank with just a regular 60watt light bulb. no lid on it, don't recall using a thermometer either, just made sure to keep them warm and turn them everyday. They were inside of course.

    we had hens that would abandon their nests after 2-3ducklings hatched and some new nests that we found and brought in... because we had so many scovy's and wanted the babies to be used to people (easier to get rid of).

    they're suprisingly hardy eggs, i have a couple extra scovy & banty eggs that i was thinking of hatching in a tank w/light again.... I think i'll set it up today [​IMG]

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