No electricity hatching for school

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Jaromo99, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Jaromo99

    Jaromo99 Out Of The Brooder

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    These are my 11 hatching eggs.
    I'm hatching them without them ever being in an incubator or under a hen.

    How?

    Let me show you!

    Today is day 5. There are 11 eggs,and all seem fine still.

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    This is my box. There is a scarf, placed under the eggs, with sides sticking out then covering the eggs. I between this,there is a crocheted baby doll blanket. So there are 4 layers between the eggs and the top, but all allow some air through.
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    These are the eggs, with 3 microwavable rice socks I heat for 1:30 min. every 2 to 3 hours.
    Under this gray scarf, there is a heating pad for insulation. It is not plugged in, it doesn't even work.
    At night, I take two hand warmers and place them between the two layers of the heat pad. This keeps them warmer for long enough to sleep for 6 hours. Then I wake up, microwave the rice socks, place them in and rotate eggs, and sleep for another hour or two.

    I'm doing this as an experiment with my little brother. I'm allowed to help him, as I'm still in my senior year of high school.

    These were set on the 23. I'm expecting a hatch 1 or 2 days early, however,as I've been keeping them at around 105-110*. This is part of the experiment (our broody's average temp is 108*).
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Good luck to you.
    Seems like a lot of work.
    If internal egg temperature is over 104.5 for any length of time, one shouldn't expect any embryos to hatch.
     
  3. Jaromo99

    Jaromo99 Out Of The Brooder

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    The eggs themself have been below that. The temp of the eggs themselves are always around 102*. No worries there. :)
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    This is a good read for determining the effect of incubator temps outside the norm. Outside the proper range, different organs will develop at different rates, resulting in dead embryos.
    http://www.brinsea.com/Articles/Advice/PowerOff.aspx

    If you are microwaving something to keep the eggs warm, you're still using electricity.

    I really hope this works. It will be a learning experience.
     
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  5. Jaromo99

    Jaromo99 Out Of The Brooder

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    The point is that there is no constant electricity output. Not none at all.
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    In the developing world, people have been hatching eggs without power since way back when. Commonly, they use an enclosed side compartment next to a clay stove for heat. Not sure about the hatch rates, but anything is worth a try.
     
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  7. gbartha

    gbartha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how are they doing?
     
  8. gbartha

    gbartha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how are they doing?
     
  9. raecarrow

    raecarrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm interested to see how this project goes.
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    @Jaromo99 What was the outcome of the incubation?
     
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