Open Top Incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Gvnam, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Gvnam

    Gvnam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2011
    I am wondering if I could use my coal stove as an incubator. I have a basket and if positioned at the right spot it stays exactly 100°F. I have it sitting behind the coal stove so that there is no temperature change. Do I need to cover the eggs or can the top of the basket be open?
    Do you think it will work?
  2. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop

    Eggs need 2 things to hatch.
    Temp.... 100F
    Humidity..... this is debated a lot but under 40% humidity is rarely hatchable in a incubator. (I like to be between 50% and 70% myself but again this is a highly debated part of hatching. I believe it is vastly different for people who hatch mainly due to the climate they live in.)

    If that works in a open basket then go for it!
    I would try it first with some local cheap hatching eggs... mutts
    Hatch a couple batches to make adjustments as needed.
    Then get the eggs you want.

    I always throw in a couple local "homebrew" eggs as controls when I incubate eggs that were sent to me.
    This helps me to determine if it was the eggs/shipping or my incubator if I have problems.

    Hope this helps!

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