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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Stormhorse23, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2007
    Indiana
    I saw my silkie boy um...enjoying the company of my Brahma pullet. She is laying but not very often. How long until the eggs are fertile. She lays on the ground and its really cold here. Would they even have a chance if I tried to incubate them or bring my hen that sits on anything in to care for them? Oh, and the Brahma pullet was very cooperative with Peter. [​IMG] . Young Love. Maybe They will be teenage parents!!! [​IMG] . haha. who gets excited about that? ME!
     
  2. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    If she just started laying give her until spring to incubate the eggs. Neighbor of mine told me not to incubate the new layers eggs right away, theres a chance they arent fertile, and the babies could have deformities I guess.
     
  3. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    babies could have deformities I guess.

    I believe that the deformities are a result of a pullet egg not being large enough to hold a full size chick.​
     
  4. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2007
    Indiana
    Quote:I believe that the deformities are a result of a pullet egg not being large enough to hold a full size chick.

    Really? I didn't think of that! Another question!

    Is there a way to make a homemade incubator without buying a whole bunch. Like say...could you use a heat lamp really really close? What about humidity?
     
  5. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Great Grandma use to hatch out chicken eggs in a wooden box with an old lamp for the heat and a bowl of water for humidity. Her brooder was one her lower kitchen cabinet.

    It use to work for her. I am sure you can give it a try I would think that the humidity would be hard to get up to the right levels for the end of the hatch?
     
  6. RepoBob

    RepoBob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stormhorse23 asked Is there a way to make a homemade incubator without buying a whole bunch. Like say...could you use a heat lamp really really close? What about humidity?

    MissPrissy has posted numerous types. She can make an incubator out of about anything [​IMG]
    Do a search and I'm sure you'll find all the ideas you want. The object of the bator is to control temp and humidity anything you can use to do that will work to some degree. The more exacting you get with the components the more accurate your temps and humidity will be; and the more success you will have. You could probably hatch an eggs in a damp heating pad. It may take 1000 eggs to do it, but it is possible. To make a decent bator you need about $20 worth of parts and a few tools. Check out what MissPrissy has done and you'll see what I mean.


    Bob
     
  7. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2007
    Indiana
    hmm. ok. would keeping the heating pad in an aquarium work? i need to find missprissy....
     
  8. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2008
  9. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2007
    Indiana
    Hmmm. Im thinking maybe heating pad below...Light on top. Sponge for humidity...aquarium...
     
  10. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    and a REALLY good hygrometer and thermometer! [​IMG] It is worth a try!
     

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