New to incubating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CARS, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all,

    I have never hatched an egg. The little Styrofoam 'bator with a couple quail eggs for $20.00 when I was 12 didn't hatch and I have just ordered day old chicks ever since.

    But now I am looking into quail and small quantities of chicks aren't available from commercial hatcheries. (I do have an ad posted here on BYC)

    It looks like most people are keeping their flock managed by buying small quantities of eggs and incubating them themselves.

    I have one of these:

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    Well, I had that one. I sold it but I have another that is missing a leg and some of the heater parts.

    I am thinking that it is best left as a nice collector's piece in my barn.

    What would be a good starter unit as in reliability, cost, and consistency in hatching?

    Oh, BTW. It is

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    I know someone will/would ask.
     
  2. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Totallly cool!! Keep it -- someday it will be worth a lot!!![​IMG]

    If you go up to the blue lines above and then click on SEARCH. Then type in a topic -- like "Home made incubators" -- you will turn up all the previous posts. Especially look "Miss Prissy"s Bator".

    Good Luck!!

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  3. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could do a search of MissyPrissy homemade bator and it work well and don't cost much (about 20.00) or buy a LG. i have both.
    william
     
  4. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the tips. DIY stuff is what I thrive on!

    One thing to ask though. After searching for Miss Prissy, MissyPrissy, etc. I get nothing. When searching for homemade incubator I get almost 30 pages to sift through.

    Does anyone know the original thread to link me to??? I'd appreciate it!!!!
     
  5. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. [​IMG] Much, much appreciated!
     
  7. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old is that incubator?
     
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  8. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Without going out to look at it, I think it is 1890's (ish)
     
  9. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Without going out to look at it, I think it is 1890's (ish)

    1890's [​IMG] [​IMG] i wonder how well it worked?
     
  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Those old kerosene fired incubators worked well enough. They did demand constant attention from the operator, though.

    Nice antique. Give it a cleaning and leave it as a piece of genuine Americana.
    If Miss Prissy's plan doesn't suit you, google 'homeade incubator' and you will find more ideas than you can imagine
     

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