Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by eggonomist, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. eggonomist

    eggonomist In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2007
    Singhampton, Ont, Canada
    Some 8 months ago my good lady wife and myself decided to look into keeping chickens, this site turned up after an exhaustive search and I drifted to the Incubating section. I was not long before I thought 'I could do that', with some guidence from the established DIY bator makers I went to it. I changed designs a few times and at present I'm making a thermostat to regulate the temperature better. I tried the water thermostat with some 50w heating elements, the heating elements were not very good after prolonged heating times, I tried regulating with a dimmer switch, in frustration I changed to some slim lights (40w on each side) and went back to the thermostat and then had huge temperature swings, so back to the dimmer switch.
    Well I got the temp up and much more stable once the vents had been drilled but still had an expected swing with the ambient temperature.
    Along come my neighbour with some of his guinea eggs to try out the incubator. He gave me 8 eggs I should have thought about it but the Guineas had only been laying for a week and were on there first year, not exactly a track proven record.
    In they went, 3 power cuts dropping the box to 75 F for a good few hours at a time, a few spikes to 105 and a lot of in between 95-102 temperatures. At 14 days I tried candling and could not see any veins but 2 had a dark area right in the middle, one had a clear blood ring and the other 5 were clear, I left them all in and the day we stopped turning (6th June) I recandled and threw out the 5 clears and the one blood ring. 5am and the dogs wanted out so my wife checked on the incubator.nearly 3 days early and against all the odds.
    What else than Prissy!
    Without her enthuasim and publishing of her pitfalls I woudln't have bothered.
    While she is not alone, her posts and pictures and original ideas have shown anything goes.
    The other egg?, well that chick is busy shedding it's shell as we speak.
    Actually as it took so long to type it seems we have 2 chicks to go with the 34 Buff orpingtons and SLW's in the other brooder. (Prissy and ? Everett maybe)[​IMG]
    Have to go and check on the chicks again now.
    Thanks for listening.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2008
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    [​IMG] Love the name!
  3. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX

    You know, I think the things I tell my dh that I find on this forum are what did a major swaying of him to decide that chickens could be a good thing for our family [​IMG]
  4. eggonomist

    eggonomist In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2007
    Singhampton, Ont, Canada
    Just a quick update, Prissy and Everett are doing well. I was told to wait 5 days before I get excited, and they are still doing well, out 1 minute brooder (that's how long it took to make as the other chicks were going to tear her apart) my wife held the chick while I cut the top off a styrofoam cooler and made a mesh lid and got some heat into it. Not ideal, not even close but they go to there new brooder tomorrow and work starts on their tractor once the chicks are in the coop, never thought I was going to be this busy.
  5. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Congrats [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Jubaby

    Jubaby Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    West Texas
    Too cute! Congratulations.

  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Awww! Yayy for homemade bators and cute fluffy hatchlings!

    Good on you and your wife [​IMG]

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