Lonesome Egg

The school didn’t want to try and hatch the poor blue egg that wouldn’t fit into the incubator so I was left with a tough decision, should I throw it away or jury-rig a home made incubator? The home made incubator won.

I grabbed a lamp and a thermometer and positioned them on a table in the little guest bedroom so I could establish a temperature of just under 100 degrees Fahrenheit. I next took a small wash cloth and bowl and set it up as a nest. The blue egg was placed in the nest and it was joined by a brown egg that was laid that day to keep it company. I regulate the temperature by either opening the door or raising the nest by flipping the bowl over or adding a book underneath the bowl. I wrote numbers all over the eggs to keep track of rotating them, and a splash of water is added every so ofter to try and keep the nest a bit moist.

I have no idea if the two eggs in the “Macgyver” nest will hatch, but I figured I would give the little blue “too small for the incubator” egg a chance at life.

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7 comments on “Lonesome Egg

  1. Ohiofarmgirl says:

    cutest thing ever! i bet thats the best one:-)

  2. K-Koira says:

    That is a neat idea. I don't know if it will work, but it seems like it was worth trying at least.

  3. Chai Chai says:

    OFG – All I could think was that I was killing the poor chick by not giving it a chance, if it does hatch it will certainly be special.K-Koira – Yep, I had nothing to lose but a bit of electricity and some time. If either egg hatches I'm ahead of the game.

  4. I always think about killing chicks when I eat one of my eggs!! Good luck and keep us appraised!

  5. Chai Chai says:

    Lynn – I saw this egg differently as it was sent to me with incubation in mind. The eggs that my hens give me here go to the fridge immediately so they are always seen as food.

  6. I can't wait to see if you are successful – very fun!

  7. Chai Chai says:

    Shannon – Only 9 days to go to the hatch date!

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