Hi all! I wanted to share an experiment I've been conducting... I have wanted chickens for years, and I finally got seven chicks to live in my (urban) backyard. I love my chickens! Ever since we got them, I have been fascinated with the idea of hatching eggs. I also have wanted to try to hatch eggs in an unconventional way. Chickens truly are a gateway bird! I provided heat for my chicken chicks through the mama heating pad method, so I decided to use that heating pad, an older cooler, a dish towel, a mason jar, and a sponge to cobble together an incubator. I played around with the configuration until I had around 99-100 degrees in the middle, and then I purchased two dozen quail eggs! I set them 8 days ago, and I have been candling (probably way too much) to watch them develop. I still can't believe that it is working! The eggs are sitting directly on top of a dish towel on the heating pad. The dish towel is actually folded over the eggs. I have had pretty intense fluctuations in temperature, and it is definitely not consistent in the "incubator." I've seen temperatures from 93 to 115, so I am pretty shocked that these eggs are developing. I will be even more surprised if they hatch! I removed a couple developing cracked eggs and the glowing infertile eggs this morning, so I am now down to 17 eggs. Here are a few pictures of my little eggsperiment: I am using the Sunbeam Xpress Heat heating pad. I've had it set on level 2 for the first 8 days, but now that the embryos are getting a little bigger, I've noticed the temperature sitting a little higher (103-105), so I lowered it to level 1. I've also been turning the eggs 3 times per day. I plan to get the sponge wet to increase humidity for lockdown, but I live in South Carolina, so it's already pretty humid here (50-60%). I also think I can get the dish towel a little damp if I need to. If the eggs hatch, I will be thrilled! I have a great place in my yard for them to live, and I could also the occasional help with bug control in my vegetable garden. When I was researching for this project, I couldn't find much information from other people who tried using a heating pad to incubate eggs, so I want to use this thread to share this experiment and my results. Who knows if this will actually work, but I will keep this thread updated and let you all know.