I came across some videos on YouTube where they used a home-made incubator to hatch hen eggs. The system was nothing fancy:

  • A cardboard box with a light inside
  • Some aluminum foil near the bulb (perhaps to reflect the light).
  • A glass of water inside (they claimed it was to increase the humidity).
  • Saw dust or dried grass over which they put the eggs.

The process they used was to:

  • Keep the light on 24 hours, 21 days. Suggested power of bulb is 25 watts.
  • Rotate the eggs twice a day.

Another variant used sunlight during the day. They didn't put the container directly under sunlight but outside the house where it is warm enough for incubation.

I am quite interested to replicate the process. However, winter is near in my country (India) and I stay in a place where it rains often. So, I can't rely on the sun always. Also, I don't want to light the bulb for 21 days.

How should I incubate the eggs?

I have read the optimal incubation conditions for chicken eggs. The temperature needed is between 98-102 degree Fahrenheit. And humidity needed is 50-65%.

I haven't tried but I think I will be able to increase the temperature by using wool or dry grass. Humidity in my place is higher than the required value, I am unsure how to control it.

I would appreciate any advice regarding this.

  • Hello. Welcome to sustainable living. There seems to be ample information about optimal incubator conditions available online. Did you look for it and have trouble finding it? Was it unclear? Sep 18 '20 at 12:53
  • Thank you Jean Paul Calderone for the comment. I will look for the optimal conditions and update my question soon.
    – Toni
    Sep 18 '20 at 13:06

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