Unconventional hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nielleshee, May 8, 2007.

  1. nielleshee

    nielleshee Hatching

    May 8, 2007
    My mom surprised my today when she came home with three fertilized eggs that she'd bought online with some church friends. Problem is, we don't have an incubator...and my dad isn't keen on buying one just to incubate three chicken eggs.

    Is there any "old school" way to help these eggs hatch? My mom used to live on a farm in China, and she said that they basically hatched chickens with straw and a light source. Right now I've put the eggs in a shoebox with cotton and some wet paper towels for humidity. I have a digital thermometer in there and it reads a generally consistent 98-99.7 F (although it hopped up to 102 a few times). Any chance these eggs will hatch?

    Any feed back will be appreciated [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 9, 2007
  2. chasehope

    chasehope Songster

    Mar 2, 2007
    Eastern Washington
    you can hatch eggs in anything that holds the temperature at the constant desired temperature as well as holds the humiduty. There are even people who hatch them in electric skillets. Good luck. If the conditions are right they will hatch no matter what they are in.
  3. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    I rescued some duck eggs years ago that the mother abandoned just before they were due to hatch. I hatched them in exactly a set up like you describe. It was only a few days but the principal is sound. Monitor it and make sure there is enough humidity. Turn them three time per day and you may get some chicks.
  4. M.J

    M.J Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    You can hatch from a skillet there was a artical in it from backyard poultry magazine just be careful
  5. nielleshee

    nielleshee Hatching

    May 8, 2007
    Thanks everyone, hopefully I'll be able to get three nice little chickies [​IMG]

    Fingers crossed and praying! hehe.

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