Hey everyone! My eggs are finally set in my new homemade incubator! This thread is for updates and questions (a.k.a my "Egg Journal"). I will update you all everyday I can on the development of the eggs and will post pictures when possible. Right now there are 3 eggs in the incubator...I haven't used it yet, so I'm just putting in 3 eggs from our own chickens to see how it works first before putting a full load in and having it not work out. The incubator that I built (with a bunch of fellow BYCer's help! ) is made from a 100q Igloo ice chest. I put in 2 manual-turn egg turners, both can hold 12 eggs, which means I can put up to 24 eggs in there. I used to have a fan running, but it was so loud, so I tried it without the fan and it is working fine. The temperature is staying from 99-101 (once and a while it will go down to 98 on really cold mornings and it once went up to 105, according to the incubator, but it's not really that high because the water wiggler/thermometer with probe are more close to the light than the eggs are. When it gets too hot, I just open one of the air plugs and when it gets too cool I close one or two of the air plugs. I read that chicken eggs can go up to 7 days without being incubated, and then you can put them in the incubator and they will start developing when they warm up to the right temp. ____________________________________________ So here is where I have a question. They waited until day 5 after they were laid before putting them into the incubator, that way I had plenty of time to test the incubator and get it at the right temp. On the 5th day, I put them in and incubated them as usual. So, would I count the day that I put them in as day 1 or 2? Or would that still be day 5 and do I just count normally from the day they were laid? ____________________________________________ Also, I'm doing the dry incubation. Right now the humidity is at 20-25%...it's a bit low, and for some reason takes A LOT of warm water and a sponge to raise it up. And I'm using a digital thermometer with probe, non-digital humidity meter, a lower water heater thermostat, and 75watt light bulb with porcelain light socket. So far, it all seems to be going pretty steady. ____________________________________________ Recording of Development: I will add the development updates at the end of the hatch. *UPDATE* The two eggs were laid on 1/2/10 and the other third one was laid on 1/3/09. ___________________________________________ I won't be able to get on every day, but I will update you as much as I can. I will add to the development record and post pictures when I can. Feel free to give me any advice that you have on dry-incubating or anything else from your experience. Thanks!