Natural Nest incubation(my attempt)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by foxvalleyfarm, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. foxvalleyfarm

    foxvalleyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So by now everyone has seen Beekissed's version of a natural nest incubation. Well I was insprired to try this myself. So I'm starting my own thread so I don't take up her's.

    Materials:
    Cardboard box
    Newspaper
    Trash bag
    Dirt with pearlie mixed in
    Moist leaf litter
    Hay
    Rocks
    Feathers
    Sunbeam heating pad
    Small rice filled pillow
    Regular pillow
    Meat therometers/ one digital and one analog
    Spray bottle
    Water wiggle
    Hatching eggs(duh)

    Steps:
    1) Clean the box, remove the top flaps, tape the bottom closed.
    2) Put newpaper in the bottom of the box
    3) Use trashbag to mostly cover box
    4) Pour dirt in and make a slight indentation in the middle
    5) Cover with layer of leaf litter
    6) Use hay to make a "nest shape"
    7) Put a few feathers
    8) Put clean rocks around the edge of the "nest". These will act as a heat sink and if something happens to the heating pad I'm hoping these will help keep the temps up.
    9) More feathers
    10) Place heating pad over nest, soft side down.
    11) Add rice pillow on top of that.
    12) Add regular pillow.
    13) Let heating pad run at setting 3 for 15 minutes.
    14) Add water wiggle, put 1 thermometer inside wiggle and other thermometer inside nest to measure air temp.
    15) Allow to get air temp to 101 and wiggle temp to 99.5
    16) Run over night monitering temps and ajusting as needed.
    17) Add non-fertile eggs and moniter temps.
    18) Carefully replace non-fertile eggs with fertile eggs.
    19) Spritz area lightly with water.
    20) Cover and moniter temps.
    21) Leave covered for 48 hours, just spritzing around as needed.
    22) Uncover once a day for max of 15 minutes and spray some water on heating pad before covering up.
    23) Repeat til hatching.


    Atleast that's how I hope it will go. I so far have made it to adding the rocks. I need to find/buy a water wiggle. And I gotta wait on my eggs to come in the mail. I'm just praying and having faith in the man above that I won't have any detached air cells.
     
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  2. foxvalleyfarm

    foxvalleyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just telling a chicken friend of mine about my adventure and he swears it won't work and if going to give/loan me an incubator as well as give me eggs. He even has Sumatras that he's gonna give me. So what I'll do is run both and split the eggs I get.
     
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I'll be following along and cheering you along as well! [​IMG] There are many that feel this can't work and many who would love for it not to work to prove that their methods are the best for incubation, but don't lose heart. Every method to incubate was, once upon a time, the new kid on the block and had its own naysayers and doubters. I've seen it before with other ideas and they generally shut up and crawl back in their holes when it works out and catches on. Have faith!
     
  4. foxvalleyfarm

    foxvalleyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All I've ever had were nay sayers in my life, it just makes me try that much harder. Heck my husband even thinks its kinda crazy, but is just dismissing it. But I have lots of faith that it can and will work. I just can't wait to get started.
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict


    Me too...and I'm still here, marching to the beat of my own kind of drum. And quite well, I might add. Folks who live in a box don't like folks who think outside of them.
     
  6. foxvalleyfarm

    foxvalleyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amen!
     
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  7. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't know if you just forgot to add it to your list, but I see no mention of plans to turn the eggs at all. In a natural nest conditions, the hen turns and moves the eggs around multiple times daily.

    Also number 22) Uncover once a day for max of 15 minutes and spray some water on heating pad before covering up.

    It really isn't a good idea to spray water on an electrical device which the heating pad is.
     
  8. foxvalleyfarm

    foxvalleyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did forget to add it to the list and like Beekissed I'm just going to tap them with my nail and turn and move them randomly. But they will be turned. And the heating pad is also for moist heat use, so it's safe to mist as long as I don't get the plug wet. ;-) believe me I would never get an electrical device wet unless it was safe.

    As an update; my bought eggs shipped today and should be here Monday, but seeing as how I'm getting and incubator I may stop by a local person and buy some fresh eggs and put those in this.
     
  9. foxvalleyfarm

    foxvalleyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I bought a dozen fertile eggs for $1 from a lady and have them sittting on my coffee table as I wait for the box to come to temp. Beekissed if you see this how long did it take for yours to come to temp? I have the heat pad, a rice pillow and a cotton pillow. I also saturated the dirt pretty well.
     
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    When you place your eggs in the prewarmed nest, you'll see your temps go down but they will gradually come back up to where they were when you had just the water balloon/bag in the nest. It takes several hours to bring it back up to where they should be incubating. At least, mine did. This is the point I fried my second nest by getting impatient for that slow temp rise...so I increased the settings on the pad and placed a weight on my pillow and had only meant to have it like that for a little bit, but forgot it and went to town all day. Darn it.
     

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