Hello! Newbie here with chicks on the way......I hope.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dirt Flower, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Dirt Flower

    Dirt Flower In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2013
    Southern California
    Hello everyone, been lurking and reading for awhile (incredible amount of knowledge on this site) and thought I just come out and make a proper introduction. My name is Tien.

    I ordered some eggs from Cat Dance Silkies a few weeks ago and put them under my friend's 2 determined broodies. A Buff Orpington and a Barred Rock. We had another wannabe broody but she changed her mind at the last minute. So I had 9 silkie eggs that I had to store for a few days until we got one of the girls to volunteer. Well, of course no one wanted to sit still in 100 degree CA heat. So I had to resort to Plan B....buy an incubator. Well, the prices for a good bator was a bit over my budget, which then leads me to Plan C, make my own incubator!

    Armed with a huge cup of coffee, I spent the next 2 nights reading the posts on BYC's Learning Center and other posts on the forums regarding anything on incubating and hatching. Long story short, I made my incubator using 3/4" styrofoam insulation sheets, duct tape and 2 pieces of glass from photo frames. As for heat, my husband has repeatedly advised me not to touch wires, rewire, or even look at a wire for fear I have the capability of burning down our home. So I found a very small IKEA desk amp that had a 20watt bulb. I placed the entire lamp in the incubator. Problem solved! I end up having to go with a still air because adding a computer fan (which I can easily get) would again, involve me playing with wires. Along with the water reservoirs and thermometer/hygrometer, I placed warmed water filled glass jars to fill any empty space inside my bator. The bator ran for almost 48 hours with the temps at 101-102 and humidity at 45-50% before finally setting the eggs. Today will be Day 12. I have candled almost everyday and taking notes. Chicks are growing and moving inside. The highlight of my day is huddling in the pantry with my 3 kids as we watch the chicks inside move and kick about.

    Along with the kids, we are anxiously waiting for them to hatch. This forum has so much valuable knowledge and experience. Would appreciate any advice y'all can give concerning silkies. I hope to learn all I can to take good care of these beautiful birds! Thanks in advance!


    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Dirt Flower, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Best of luck to you and your chicks!
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! Wow I'm impressed you built your own incubator? How cool!
  5. Sclark73

    Sclark73 Songster

    Jun 19, 2013
    Bruce, Wisconson
    Welcome and nice to see another female doing for themselves as I have done. Chick hatching atm in my homemade incubator made from a pop-up fridge cooler. Keep up the good work!!
  6. Dirt Flower

    Dirt Flower In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2013
    Southern California
    Thank you all!

    Liz9910: I've seen some of the homemade incubators that other members have on here and sadly, mine look like a square igloo that was smashed then put back together with duct tape. But mostly, I'm more shocked that the eggs survived thus far. [​IMG]

    Sclark73: I'm a moderately handy diy gal (unless it has anything to do with electrical elements). I love watching and learning from people who turn old stuff into usable things.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Good luck with your incubation.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined us

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