The more I use my homemade incubator the more I hate it.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thumbless, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. thumbless

    thumbless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I maintain my tempture by taking the reading from the center of my cooler at egg level, everything seems to go good up until hatch time, at which time I get one egg at a time hatching. It is always the eggs cloest to the light (heat source) that are hatching first.


    Last hatch it took a little over a week for all the eggs to hatch, and all but one hatched.

    This time I set 36 eggs I had 16 quitters and have had 4 hatch so far.
     
  2. zaylinda

    zaylinda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you could try rotating the eggs a few times during incubation, from the inside to the outside, so they get more even exposure.
     
  3. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    I agree rotate the eggs to mix up the heating of them. The hens do that too if you watch them.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If you get all but one egg to hatch, you are doing better than 90% of us!

    I'd say you have a winner! You just need to rotate position or get a fan to circulate the air better at egg level.
     
  5. thumbless

    thumbless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im going to change it up after this hatch either going to add a second fan or a bigger fan.

    Working on building a wooden incubator as well.
     
  6. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    You may need to add a shield to keep actual light from your bulb from landing on the eggs. If light is hiting them then radiant heat is too.
     
  7. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Might I suggest making something that allows the air to circulate better like a rounded piece of plastic or something so the air flows freely and does not get "caught" at the corners of the incubator. I have an old drum type HUGE incubator and it works awesome because there are not corners to catch the air current from flowing.
     

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