Continued Home Made Incubator and results!

Well here is my continued post on my home made incubator and the results that came out of it.

Of all the eggs that got set I candled them at about 12 days and I could clearly see which eggs had viable embryos in them and which eggs were empty. The empty ones were really easy to see through, and were a light color. The ones that I knew had viable embryos in them there was a dark line and an air pocket, you can clearly see the air pocket and the dark section was very hard to see through.

These were the “dud” eggs and the cute little letter the lady sent me from ebay about the Silkie eggs. I dont know if you can read it but it explains her labeling and what each egg is.

( I wanted to post a video from YouTube but I dont know if it attached, I’m new to wordpress so I’ll post the link also: )

This video is me candling one of the obvious viable embryos. You can see the darkness in the egg and some movement. John got a good video with his nice camera but for some reason I cannot get it to load on my computer.

This picture shows the eggs that I found viable and are staying in the incubator. This includes 4 mixed Silkie eggs and one egg from my own mixed Bantam chickens. I have a White Banty Hen, a Black Banty Hen, and a Red Banty Rooster. I dont know which hen laid this egg so I have no idea what it will look like. πŸ™‚

AND voila!! Here we are with two chicks that recently hatched!! They hatched in the early morning of August 4th. I just returned from Dallas TX on the evening of the 3rd and my friend Misty and her family was egg sitting and chick sitting while I was in Texas picking up my niece. Misty called me early in the morning and congratulated me in being a new mom to two new chicks! I was excited but exhausted from traveling all day the previous day so I rested up and went over after Misty got off work and picked up my new babies.

In the picture you can see the little Bantam mixed chick. It turned out to be a ROO and I was really sad about that. When he hatched he looked like a little reverse skunk. Cream colored body with two black strips down his back and a little black mask around his eyes. He had green legs, I think his dad was part EE.Β  He was very tiny!

I also got 3 black Silkies out of this bunch. Two were strong and healthy, one had clubbed feet. The one with clubbed feet walked around okay on his own but I braced him for a few days to see if his feet would go back to normal and they didnt so we had to cull him due to him not being able to have a good life, especially this winter when the chickens are locked into the chicken coop 24 hours a day due to snow and way below freezing temps.

The link above is another video from my YouTube channel. This video is the chicks newly hatched and one black Silkie starting to come out of his egg. I wanted to take a longer video but I was also taking home all the chicks that Misty and her family were watching so I had limited time.

This is what I learned from hatching eggs in my own home made incubator:

Making an incubator that works is really cheap. All materials can be bought at the local hardware store. You need to read about humidity and temperature before you start and be confident that you absorbed all the information you read. Even though we live so far away and I got my eggs of eBay I was still able to hatch three out of the 15 that I bought. It was very rewarding to show my kids that turning eggs and filling water every day resulted in having four chicks hatch and they were really excited about seeing the chicks.

Next year I plan on getting some Black Copper Maran eggs since it is so hard to get sexed chicks up to Alaska. I want to do at least a dozen Black Copper Maran’s. After those hatching I would also like to hatch quail to raise to eat. I like quail its a good dark meat.

If you are questioning a home made incubator VS a store bought one I hope I helped you. The experience I had with mine was very good. I will do use it again next spring and I look forward to more hatched chicks. πŸ™‚ Happy Hatching.


About tundrachicks

I am the Chicken Momma of the Arctic. I live in Kotzebue, above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. I raise chickens for meat, and to keep for egg layers. I also do some Turkey's and this next spring maybe some quail.
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3 Responses to Continued Home Made Incubator and results!

  1. Linden says:

    I love the look of Maran eggs, but they are the poorest layers I have ever had in many years of raising chickens in Fairbanks. If you keep chickens mostly for egg production, you might want to consider some other breed or at least fewer Marans. No Feather Necks (aka Turkens) are hearty and good layers, but the eggs are not the deep brown of Marans. Love that you made your own incubater–I have never been brave or handy enough to do that.

    • tundrachicks says:

      I have a pretty good system here in Kotz for my layers. I might be able to get more eggs out of a Maran than most. I have a heat lamp that goes off every two hours and a “daylight” lamp that is on 8 hours a day. All my birds lay all year round so I’m pretty hopeful. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the advice on the Maran’s though. I’m planning on getting fertilized eggs from ebay so the chances of them all being hens and all hatching anyway are pretty slim. I’ll take a couple of Maran hens and be happy. I dont plan on getting Turkens at all, they are the ugliest bird I’ve ever seen! I’ll always keep a good stock of layers, black sex link, EE’s, Rhode Island Red’s, just so I know I’ll always have an egg, even if its ONE egg a day! πŸ˜› (and why does Rhode come up as being incorrect spelling? Isn’t that how its spelled?… anyway!) The incubator was pretty easy and I got a hygrometer so next incubation I will be able to tell if there was indeed enough moisture (well there was because I got 4 chicks out of it) but more than that it will be to tell me how adequate my home made incubator really is.

      • Linden says:

        HEY! Ugly is in the eyes of the beholder πŸ™‚ They remind me of elderly church ladies, with fancy hats and fur coats. When I had a batch of chicks, my friend’s kid came running in and told me that my chickens must be dying from some mysterious disease where they lost their neck feathers first! Cochins are beauties, too. One year when it reached 60 below and I could not keep the chicken coop warm enough, I put the few over-wintering hens in our guest room until it warmed up. Very spoiled birds but worth it. I never thought of ordering from ebay, I will have to try that next time. It is fun to read about someone else crazy in love with chickens! My friends don’t really get it.

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