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Tips for someone who is making an incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by carsNchickens, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. carsNchickens

    carsNchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    im currently constructing my DIY egg incubator. So far I've got a 30 quart rubbermaid container, lamp fixture, digital thermometer with temp. and humity settings, as well as some 1/4 inch mesh fencing for organization within the incubator. ive have researched some guidelines for hatching chicken eggs and would like some input on how to get the most successful hatch. I've heard that 99.5 degrees is the ideal temp. as well as 60% humidity. is this information correct?
     
  2. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just made a homemade incubator and put 8 eggs in today...everything I read said 60% humidity...but after tonight's thread (I think it was called "incubator issues") I will check. I have now dropped my humidity from 60% down to 45%...

    I just did the Styrofoam, with dimmer switch to control the heat, etc...

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  3. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also built my own incubator:), day 3 and i saw signs of life in my eggs:yiipchick. I'm following a thread here that said not to worry about humidity antil lockdown soooo will see.
    good luck
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  5. bhazell123

    bhazell123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's my three day old quail baby I made my own incubator too [​IMG] good luck
     
  6. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is way [​IMG] cool! Thanks for posting!!
    Ayda
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    NICE!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] Mine, now I just use it as a brooder. I have a dimmer switch on the end.
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  8. woody743

    woody743 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the temp. should be 100.9 if you dont have a fan.
     
  9. stitch81

    stitch81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:As far as humidity, that is a debate that still rages on. I'm using the dry hatch method. My humidity is running around 35% for incubating, and I'll up it to 70% for lockdown. Dry hatchers seem to agree that the higher humidity during incubation (50-60%) leads to the chick drowning in the egg once it pips. The higher humidity level during incubation does not seem to allow for enough evaporation in the egg, so when the chick pips into the air cell, the excess fluid rushes in there and drowns the chick. But, I'll also note, I'm a newbie working with my first hatch. What I have just mentioned is some of the information that I have been reading over the course of the past 2 weeks.
     
  10. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is my incubator with a few looks at some of the eggs that hatched in it [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] here's all the pics i have of it i had a 9 out of 9 hatch rate with my own chicken eggs i used the dry hatching method for this hatch
     
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