first time hatching - homemade incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bmaner, May 26, 2018.

  1. bmaner

    bmaner In the Brooder

    May 26, 2018
    Hello all!
    My husband and I decided we wanted to get a few chickens for the backyard to give us some yummy fresh eggs. Well, somehow that has turned into me getting eggs to hatch myself!
    I bought 10 silkie eggs from a local farm in my town. I made my own incubator following some posts on here. I bought a Styrofoam cooler, a few low wattage light bulbs, and a hygrometer. I had to play around with the water and bulbs to get the right temps and humidity level, but i finally got it. Its sitting at 40 percent and 99 degrees.
    At midnight last night i placed my eggs in and this morning when i woke up the temp was 102. I put another hole in the incubator and hope it stays at the temp i need it.
    Any advice is welcome.
    expected Hatch date: june 16th
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  2. RosieR

    RosieR Songster

    Apr 4, 2018
    Ontario, Canada
    102 is not going to hurt them too badly short term from what I’ve read. It’s going to be difficult to hold the correct temperature without any kind of thermostat though. But many people have had success without it, you will just have to be vigilant in checking and adjusting.
    The eggs themselves will hold heat in the incubator so that’s probably why you saw a spike.
    Good luck!
  3. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    If you didn't add a fan, closer to 102 is better. A small computer fan to circulate the air may help.

    Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
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  4. bmaner

    bmaner In the Brooder

    May 26, 2018
    I ended up getting a lower wattage bulb and am hoping that keeps it level. The temp got up to 109!! It was only for a short period, ive been watching it like a hawk.
    Hoping this new light fixes the issue. I had it set perfect for hours until i added the eggs. ‍♀️
  5. MigraineMan

    MigraineMan Chirping

    Mar 11, 2017
    Frederick, Maryland
    When we had our broody abandon her clutch, we move the eggs to a cardboard box with a heat lamp. Took a few hours to get it mostly stable in the basement, and we were seeing pretty solid 100.5 on the thermometer. Outside temps dropped overnight to the point where the HVAC system shut down, and the heat lamp output was enough to raise the room ambient temp a few degrees. By the following morning, the thermometer was at 106. We adjusted the lamp immediately, but were convinced that some sort of monitoring and temperature regulation would be required. Took a little fussing, but the $9 water heater thermostat is doing the trick.

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