incubating in a food dehydrator: it worked, once. - food dehydrator reviews
Rural: My daughter Melissa fell in love with the chicken two years ago when we stopped in a house opposite her school with egg ads.
She had to raise pet chickens, so we built a small chicken house and got three chickens from someone who sold them in our area.
In the past two years, we have known nothing about chickens or all the wild animals that eat chickens, and lost about 20 chickens. (
We have a fox, a lot of racoons, coyotes and Eagles. -
We don't like this country. )
The chicken now lives in Melissa's old Playhouse and is completely enclosed --in yard (
6x10 dog run Panel)
In winter there are clear tents on the roof and sides to prevent snow.
We also buried 2 feet deep wood around the structure.
Melissa has nine American hens, two silk chickens and Bruce.
We wanted to try to hatch some eggs, so when Camilla, one of the silkworms, got her to bloty, we had her sit on some eggs, but they never hatched.
We gave our friend 18 eggs in her incubator and 3 hatched out.
We gave another friend Suzanne five because she was sitting there.
We asked Peg if she would try to hatch more, but someone else is using the incubator.
I asked her exactly what the incubator did and she said it kept the eggs at 100 degrees.
I told her that I had a food dehydrator that could do the same thing.
She asked if it had fans and I agreed.
She said it might work if I put a pot of water on the bottom.
Melissa and I went home and put five eggs in the dehydrator and five more in two days.
We turn over the eggs every day and fill the water pan. [
On July 4, we hatched three of Suzanne's eggs. Three days later, one of the eggs in the dehydrator hatched.
We really hatched an egg. Melissa was very excited.
The temperature of any type of incubator should be 100 [degrees]F(61% humidity)to 102[degrees]F (58% humidity)
For units without fans, 98 [degrees]F (70% humidity)to 99[degrees]F (56% humidity)for aforced-air unit.
The moisture must evaporate from the egg at an appropriate rate.
Smaller eggs have a larger amount of water that evaporates faster.