Homemade heating pad Incubator + farmers market eggs (working!!)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mangobees, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. mangobees

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    About a week ago, I for some reason wanted to try and incubate some chicken eggs. But I wanted to do it in an unconventional way (well, i didn't want to, i had to because i couldn't buy an incubator) So I got an old heating pad (one that never shuts off) and a Styrofoam cooler. I placed the heating pad at the bottom and stacked towels until I got a temp between 100-105. To get this temp I also had to crack the lid open. It was fairly stable, and I know 105 is very hot BUT the internal temp of the eggs stayed at around 99 degrees.A lot of this was inspired by the Simulated Natural Nest Incubation

    Then I went to a farmers market and picked up a dozen refrigerated eggs. I broke two of them to test for fertility and it seemed like they were.
    So, I placed the rest into an incubator. They're all different colors, blue, dark brown, greenish, speckled.
    I candled them and the air pockets were all in the right place. I turned them by hand whenever I remembered to, about 5 times a day.

    Day 2: a temperature spike. I had left the styrofoam cover on all night by mistake and the eggs were wayy too warm. I lost hope but I continued.

    Day 3: The day I'm on now. Today I broke open one of the eggs. It was developing!!!! Blood vessels were forming. I feel guilty but extremely exited at the same time!!!
    My awful incubator is working. Somehow, this is working.



    Now I'm writing this thread so others can follow this experiment. I really hope these eggies hatch [​IMG] I'm going to candle on day 6 and show you guys what I see.

    Hatch date: 26 August.
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2016
  2. mangobees

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    The Set-Up
     
  3. mangobees

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    Just candled the eggs and saw the beginnings of blood vessels!!!! [​IMG]
     
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  5. redguinea

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    Very cool. Keep me updated
     
  6. dawnpel

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    Wow what a good idea! I will follow this.....:cd
     
  7. mangobees

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    7 out of 7 eggs are showing signs of development! chicken development is amazing and im thankful i can see such an beautiful thing!
     
  8. mangobees

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    Update! Two eggs died on day six, so there is five left. All currently healthy an 14 days old. I hope they make it to hatching! [​IMG]
     
  9. Chickies2020

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    Very cool. Following :)
     
  10. mangobees

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    From a couple of days ago!
     

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