Homemade Incubator and First Hatch Pictures-UPDATE: HE WON 3RD!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ncchixlady, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. ncchixlady

    ncchixlady Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2009
    North Carolina
    My son (with help) built a homemade incubator for his 5th grade science fair project...

    The materials assembled...


    Outside of incubator...


    Hose for adding water without having to open incubator...


    Inside of incubator...


    View from above...


    Chicks numbered and marked and ready to go in. There are 3 RIR and 9 Dominique...


    All settled in...


    The elusive "water wiggler" toy (finding this might have been the hardest part of this project)...


    Day 14, we had two that didn't develop... one had a bloodring...


    On Day 19, little chick #9 started to pip...


    Eight hours later, it finally popped out of the top...


    Checking out the new, bigger digs...


    There is a video of the chick coming out of the shell here...

    We turned the eggs three times a day. Our temp dropped as low as 98.2 and went as high as 105 for a brief time. Average temp was in the 99-100 range. Humidity stayed in the high 30's during the entire time. The highest we were able to get it was 41%, even in these last days of hatching.

    Thus far (we're on Day 20), out of 12 eggs, two did not make it and were removed at Day 14, the one little chick hatched and the second has unzipped and is trying to get out. A 3rd chick has poked a little hole out of the side.

    We candled on days 1, 8, 14 and 18. Eggs ranged in weight on day one from 1.9 ounces to 2.3 ounces. Only one egg had lost weight by day 8. Day 14 had seen lots of changes. The 2.3 ounce egg weighed 2.1 ounces. Most eggs had lost 2/10's of an ounce.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  2. kaya's farm

    kaya's farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2008
    southern VT
    looks good, cant wait to see the results!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    That is just so....cool, (or "hot" the new term for great?) I can bet that would get a big fat "A+" in the grade book!!

    Congratulations! [​IMG]
  4. Terry

    Terry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2008
    [​IMG] That is wonderful GREAT JOB! [​IMG]
  5. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Great Job! Congrats to your son. Just by looking at the chick, I would guess the hygrometer is off. It looks pretty wet to have hatched in 41% humidity. You frequently find them to be out of calibration. You can check you unit with instruction found on this link:http://exoticpets.about.com/od/herpresources/ss/hygrometer_4.htm
  6. big red chicken

    big red chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    Greenville NC
    Job well done!!!!!!!!!!!! I was intrested in what is a water wiggler? I have heard it mention before. Please post some more pic's when available of the other chick's.
  7. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    [​IMG] What an excellent school project! [​IMG] I loved watching video of chick #9 hatching. It was so still, nothing happening, and then boink! Up popped it's head! Cute!!!
  8. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    I really enjoyed watching the video :)

  9. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    Congratulations - a great project....It's so wonderful. Thanks for sharing and you raised a very smart young'un.

    God's blessings on you and your household!
  10. Maryallison

    Maryallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Fountain, Florida
    Awwww, video was cute! [​IMG]

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