First Post ... How it was for us

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by twigg, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    We built an incubator, me having left my Octagon 20 in the UK when I moved here and not wanting to shell out $300 for a new one.

    I can post pictures, etc, if anyone is interested. It has a max of 43 eggs, and auto-turns.

    We bought 24 Buff Orpinton eggs from an Ebay trader. 6 were broken on arrival. The guy offered to replace them.

    We set 18 eggs. At 7 days, 1 was clear and 2 had blood rings and were removed.

    4 hours into day 21 the first one hatched. Over the next 15 hours, 8 more popped out. I helped only 1 which, despite the 75% humidity, had stuck to the shell trying to push out. The following morning the 10th hatched.

    We opened the remaining eggs. We had 3 dead in shell, and 2 that had died some time prior to fully formed.

    It seems that of the 18 we set, only 13 were ever going to hatch, and of those, 10 did.

    Generally we were pleased, what with the incubator being a home design and build.

    See Pics Here
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2008
  2. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    hello and welcome, i would like to see your incubator and egg turner , is it homemade also? i am trying to avoid getting one so i wont start hatching, but i will sooner or later.
  3. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    We bought the turner from Attwoods, about $45.

    I could have made one, but $45 wasn't bad for something that would have cost quite a bit in materials.

    I already had an electronic temperature controller that I usually use to keep my beer-making fridge at the right temperature. These are expensive items that fortunately didn't need buying.

    The box is 1/2 inch ply, 17" square and about 10" deep. The lid has a glass window and is hinged, the front also hinges down. I have a woodshop, so making the box was childs play.

    The difficult bit was arranging the heat source (heating rope) and fan to produce even temps. It took a while.

    I'll post pics.
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    congratulations on the hatch!
  5. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Welcome to the forum!!! [​IMG]
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress


    Why didn't you bring us some of those pretty birds that you guys have over in the U.K. that we can't get here!!!!!! [​IMG]
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Welcome to BYC! Congrats on the hatch!
  8. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Welcome and definitely post pictures of your incubator! Lots of people have expressed interest and others have built their own.
  9. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Welcome to BYC!!!!! We all love to see pictures. Congratulations on your hatch!
  10. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]

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