Thursday, June 11, 2009

Homemade Incubator

The laundry will just have to wait...Andrea built a homemade egg incubator after we witnessed the high success rate of am ingenious friend with a very similar set up.

The temperature must remain between 99'-103' With the Texas heat varying so much it's hard to keep a constant temperature. There were days when it was up to 108' and down to 97'. This thermometer has a lead on it. Andrea dangled it down inside the box placing the sensor near the eggs.
Humidity sensor from a violin case. The last 3 days of incubation the eggs can not be touched and the humidity must be around 55-60%. Thunderstorms rolled in helping Andrea achieve that goal.

The pan inside is full of water to create humidity. The greater the surface of the water the greater amount of humidity created. There are decorator's marbles in the pan so that when the chickens hatch they won't drown in the water. The chirping and pecking started last night.

Any guesses which chicken will escape first? Guess correctly and we'll name the bird after you! :)
Out of the 15 fertilized eggs 14 developed.

4 comments:

Lauren Christine said...

How neat! I remember watching and waiting for our little turkeys to be born! :)

Maegan said...

Hooray to homemade ingenuity!
I think number 12 is a fighter and will emerge first.

Ellie said...

Hmmm... I think number 7 will hatch first. :)

Marci said...

I think number 12 as well, but since it has been chose, I will pick number 7.