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The Egg Incubator - More improvements! Duck and Quail eggs

 

Here are some pics and information from kellyn who continues to have a whole lot of fun making incubators and improving them. Now she is hatching Quail eggs and Duck eggs! Here are her notes and some pictures.

 

I remade my styrofoam incubator, using assorted incubator parts. the quail eggs in it are to hatch next Monday and the ducks I only put in yesterday, so it'll be a while for them. I'm comparing my home made to my factory model now(my Home Made actually holds better temps, as I forgot to properly close the lid and temps were still perfect).
They both have GQF thermostats, but one has a Little Giant heating element in it. The other is a standard, old 2003 forced air hovabator I had to do a lot of maintenance to clean it up, and it was SO worth it! I had a great hatch in it before when I borrowed it from the previous owner.

I figured you might have wanted an updated picture of my home made incubator.

The quail eggs on the far right were in the home made incubator, but I decided to switcheroo with the ducks. I was kinda running out of space here... Lolz...


And they both fit on the (at one time) the dresser drawer incubator (it's just a dresser once more)!


They rarely come on (since it's always 90+ degrees here in sunny, humid florida) and save a LOT more enery than my other ones did, since they shut on and off. They're on for probably 30 or so seconds per every five or so minutes(if your a stickler for energy).
These two DO work, and I expect at least an 80% hatch rate from the 60+ button quail eggs due.

 

Duck eggs and quail eggs in the incubator

 

 

 

 

 


 

Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying

Chickens are the hottest new backyard "pet"! It seems that every Tom, Dick, and Susan wants to raise chickens in his or her backyard, whether that yard is one square foot or one hundred. There's nothing more local than an egg freshly laid right in your own yard. But what should you expect when you're adopting a couple of day-old chicks? In Chick Days , Jenna Woginrich, award-winning author of Made from Scratch , the homesteading memoir for the twenty-something generation, offers a highly entertaining and informative photographic guide for today's fledgling chick parent. Fun for the complete newbie and for families with young children, Chick Days chronicles the journey of three chickens from newly hatched fluffy butterballs to grown hens laying eggs. Day by day and week by week, readers watch the three starring chickens grow and change, learning about chicken behavior, feeding requirements, housing, hygiene, and health-care essentials, and fun facts on all things poultry. As Jenna herself says, "Chickens are more than 12-piece buckets, country diner kitsch, and egg whites. They're your backyard ambassadors to healthier eating and basic husbandry. Keeping chickens is a crash course in local eating. When you start collecting eggs you'll be eating so local you'll know the amount of cracked corn in the feeder at ground zero of your breakfast . . . "

 

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