Lesser of 2 evils - hatching in incubator with no viewing window or...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ourblessednest, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. ourblessednest

    ourblessednest Out Of The Brooder

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    moving to the homemade styrofoam bator?

    We are incubating in a renovated holding cabinet that is doing a beautiful job. My only dislike is that we didn't have time to retrofit the door to where it has a window. SO...for this batch I can either take my chances and try not to disturb the hatch as much as possible or make a styrofoam bator like Miss Prissy's and try and hatch in there so I can see what is going on. I so want to watch them hatch [​IMG], esp if one struggles and needs help.

    Any opinions/advice/experience?

    For what it's worth, temp and humidity drop VERY little even with opening the door for a less than a minute, and stabalize quickly. If I peek in even for a minute, temp maybe drops 1-2 degrees and humidity from 50%ish to 40% or so, then within 5-10 minutes we're back up. It's not like I couldn't check on them at all, just not as much as I would like. Would I NEED to see them more often than daily?

    I started making the styrofoam bator before DH brought this one in, so I could finish that one. Would that be better so I could see them?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could put a web cam in there or something to that effect. I think that you should make a styrobator also cause you're going to want it anyways [​IMG]
    So, I think you should do both. lol
     
  3. ourblessednest

    ourblessednest Out Of The Brooder

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    OOOHHH - I didn't even think of a web cam! That would be awesome.

    And yes, [​IMG]... I'm already putting together the styrofoam incubator. I am unsure of my technical ability, luckily DH is handy! Just something about 'making it yourself', you know? Lol! This is so addictive.

    Thanks for the response!
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2008
  4. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can build the styrofoam one, trust me. If you need help, BYC is just a click away!
    (Not that we are enabling you or anything!) [​IMG]
    ~Rebecca
     
  5. ozzie

    ozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about one of those peep hole things that you have on doors to look at who's on the other side? It may be a good thing that it's closed up because I find that the big viewing window just makes for lots of 'watching time' [​IMG] aka time wasted just looking and looking and looking - maybe you'd be less inclined to keep 'willing' them to hatch NOW! 21 days is a LONG time when you're hatching [​IMG]

    ozzie
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Isn't that the truth!!! Good thing mine have hatched 2 days early so far!! [​IMG]
     

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