Hatching eggs w/o a rotation device.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MyNameIs86, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm. I have seen a lot of people's home made incubator's that don't have the automatic turner. I would think that w/o a rotation device the incubation goes arye because i think you have to keep opening the incubator to rotate the eggs.

    I know I'm probably highly wrong, but can someone shine a light about this?
    How can you manage the heat inside the incubator and rotate the eggs 3x a day? and when do you rotate the eggs (morning/lunch/dinner?)

    Hmmm. I am renting an incubator from a farm and it has the rotation device so i don't have to rotate the eggs.
    I remember when I tried to hatch an egg from my dad's friend's farm a while back. I did not know anything about it, I used an aqurium w/ hay and put the egg in that. I wonder if i did it the right way, if the eggs were fertilized or not..
     
  2. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my egg turning device. I can turn 20 eggs all at once, and I don't have to open the incubator.

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  3. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is awesome. :)
     
  4. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I didn't create it, I just got the idea from some of the homemade incubator contest submissions.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    A lot depends on how the homemade incubator is made. What you are seeing on a thermometer is the air temperature. The core temperature of the eggs is different. Once they warm up, they hold heat pretty well. So as long as the incubator recovers temperature and humidity in a reasonable amount of time, it does not hurt to open the incubator. It takes a long time for the center of the egg to cool off. That's also why a short temperature spike is normally not fatal.

    Same with humidity. It is average humidity and average core temperature of the egg that is important, not air temperature or humidity in one snapshot of time.

    I don't have a homemade incubator, but it is amazing at some of the turners some people have made. We have some really ingenious people on this forum. And like QuintinP's, some are so simple you smack your forehead when you see it for overthinking it. I like simple.
     

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