Possibly Hatching some eggs with an incubator next year-questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LillianMae, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. LillianMae

    LillianMae Chirping

    Mar 15, 2013
    I'm planning on hatching some chicks with an incubator next year. I have a lot of questions:
    1. About what is the average cost of making an incubator with an automatic egg turner?
    2. How long does it take for them to hatch?
    3. Where are some good designs on making a brooder?
    4. Is it really hard?
    5.Do you have any good book recommendations on it?
    6. Will the chicks think I'm their "Momma"?
    7. Is it possible to hatch as small a number as four eggs?
    8. Will the chicks be tamer if they think I'm their mom?

    Thanks, Lillian
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2013

  2. tec27

    tec27 Songster

    May 6, 2011

    read everything in there.

    just buy an incubator. The cheap incubators cost around the same price as what it would take to build one. You can get a nice cheap one for $40. With an egg turner though, closer to $70-$80.

    In my experience, the chicks never thought i was their momma. Sometimes they are tame, sometimes they are not. Depends on the personality of the chick. Some chicks are skittish, some arent.

    You can hatch one egg if you want to.
  3. Pinky Macgyver

    Pinky Macgyver Songster

    Dec 31, 2012
    Yeah, I vote buy one. It's not as cost effective to make as you might think. The biggest cost is a thermostat. Without one you'll have to check temp CONSTANTLY and regulate it by having two lights, one you keep on and the other to turn off and on to raise/lower the temperature. When I tried a homemade one I also had a clear top that I could cover or uncover to adjust heat.
    If you're into building stuff, give it a try. Make your own design. You can search on this site for other people's designs too. You just need to be able to balance temp, humidity and ventilation.
    But yeah, I vote for buying one :) less stress :)
  4. ozexpat

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  5. LillianMae

    LillianMae Chirping

    Mar 15, 2013
    I know, I raised chicks my whole life and have some now:D Thanks for the info/answers! I might just do hen hatching next year, because that does seem a little bit expensive:| At least for me right now it is. Thanks:D

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