Home-made Incubator: Is It Really That Complex???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nuggetchick, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. nuggetchick

    nuggetchick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2012
    So, we just hatched 9 of 10 duck eggs using a broody hen and decided we were hooked and wanted to try again though we felt Ms. Hen needed a rest! My husband built an "incubator" but after reading all these posts about PC fans and wiring, etc... I am wondering if it really needs to be that complex or will ours work?

    He made a wooden box and attached wire for the eggs to sit on. He had made a top out of plexiglass with wooden sides but we had trouble getting the temperature up through the top so we just took it off. They are under one heat lamp and we're keeping the temp. at 98. With a humidifier and a cookie sheet of water under the eggs, the hygrometer measures 50% humidity.

    What are your thoughts? Thanks!!
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Sounds like it can work! Best of luck and let us know when you decide to hatch some eggs in it. And some pics would be nice...[​IMG]
  3. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    Many people can hatch eggs from a card board box, with a clamp light. Usually the newbies will do something really simple, or buy one of the cheapo styro foam incubators from the feed store. You can get high success with a light and a box, or the foam incubators, but it is a headache to have to check on ALL the time. After you've got the hatching bug after your first hatch, you may do a few hatches in this incubator, but you will see other incubators, and will want to vamp up your incubator a bit.

    Good luck with your first incubator hatch!

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