Home Made Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MaconMommy5, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. MaconMommy5

    MaconMommy5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time Hatching Eggs on my own. Other than as a kid with Adults supervising the process. We are doing a DIY Styrofoam cooler Incubator, And a Large Rubbermaid as the Brooder. We will get the eggs at the end of this week. My husband wired up the thermostat, Fan, And lighting for it. I have two Thermometers/Hygrometers in there and everything seems to be staying fairly constantly. Only fluctuations are not even 1/4 of a degree. The only thing I have questions on is the turning of the eggs. What's the best way to do that? I mean how many times per day, and how many degrees each time. I know it needs to be an odd number but which seems to be the best?
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    When I hand turned my eggs, I turned them three times a day. You can do more.

    I just rolled them so that the side facing down was up. So it is easier to remember, you can write an X on one side of the egg and an O in the other.

    Congrats on your first hatch! What breed(s) do you have? :)
     
  3. MaconMommy5

    MaconMommy5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are picking them up this week. We are getting Three Rhode Island Reds and Three Ameracuna's. Plus my husband Informed me this morning that he and a family friend are going to possibly get some more this weekend. I'll do the X and O trick! This may be a silly question, But since the eggs breathe, What do you write on them with?
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Cool! Just beware the Ameraucanas are probably Easter Eggers. They're often mislabeled. :)

    No such thing as a silly question! I use a pencil - but you don't have to. Some people use markers.
     
  5. MaconMommy5

    MaconMommy5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh okay! I'm just hoping they lay colored eggs. Haha That's what my daughter is most interested in. She's wise beyond her age and is interested in Animals and life cycles as opposed to dolls and toys. My order says "Ameracuna (easter egger) Hatching Eggs."
     
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  6. TheKindaFarmGal

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    They should, though they might lay brown eggs it's more likely you'll get blue or green. [​IMG]

    She sounds like a very smart little girl! And she's very cute!
     
  7. MaconMommy5

    MaconMommy5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Her specialist actually recommended that we do this to help her Autism. She's ridiculously smart. And Just Turned Three Years old. She's completely involved in preparing for the eggs.
     
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  8. TheKindaFarmGal

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    That's awesome! You have a good specialist. [​IMG]
     
  9. combatfuzzball

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    I hatched eggs as a pre-teen. What I used was a cardboard box, a bowl of water, a thermometer and an incandescent Light. I marked the eggs with an X using a pencil and turned them at least twice a day. before school and after school. I may have also tturned them again right before bedtime.
     
  10. MaconMommy5

    MaconMommy5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's awesome! We wanted to do it all DIY, Without an official Incubator, But with enough supplies to try to get the best hatch possible. We will probably do that. Three Times A Day.
     

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