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The Egg Incubator

Updated on June 11, 2013

Have you ever wanted to raise birds? Have you ever thought it would be interesting to have your own chickens, quail, ducks, or geese? This is a project that is great for the whole family, teaching kids and adults about the wonderful process of incubating and hatching eggs. It is an amazing thing to watch a chick or duckling being born, cracking out of its egg and seeing the world for the very first time. This is also a great project for schools, church groups and other family clubs.

To hatch and raise your own birds, you will need an egg incubator, a place to keep the eggs warm and cozy. For this purpose, there are many quality egg incubators on the market, from small incubators that hatch only a few birds to large incubators that can hatch dozens of eggs. You can also make your own egg incubator if you are the handy type. Either way, an egg incubator will introduce you to the amazing world of hatching birds.

An egg incubator can come in many forms, but are all designed to hatch eggs.
An egg incubator can come in many forms, but are all designed to hatch eggs.

Buying an Egg Incubator

If you would like to buy an egg incubator, there are a number of places you can shop for them. If you live in an area with farms, you may be able to locate a farm supply store where you can purchase an egg incubator in person. If these kinds of stores are not available in your area, you may need to do your egg incubator shopping on the internet. A wide range of companies make and sell egg incubators online. These retailers sell incubators for all sorts of eggs, including chickens and ducks and other poultry. Some egg incubator makers even make incubators especially for turtles, snakes, and other reptiles.

One of the most comprehensive of egg incubator retailers is Kemp’s Koops, which can be found at PoultrySupply.com. Kemps has incubators for eggs of all types, including waterfowl, chickens, snakes, and even exotic birds. This egg incubator seller specializes in state of the art incubators, those that are equipped with digital components and other high tech features for extremely precise and efficient egg incubation. For a small egg incubation project, there’s the RCom Mini 3/7 egg incubator. This egg incubator holds either three larger eggs or seven smaller ones. At the other end of the spectrum are the egg hatching cabinets, like the 1502 Sportsman, which can hold and incubate up to 216 larger eggs.

For an egg incubator that is designed especially for viewing the hatching process, the McMurray Hatchery might be perfect for you. This small egg incubator has a clear plastic dome top, making it ideal for children, whether as part of a home project, something for the classroom, for scout troops, or for church groups. The Hatchery holds two turkey or duck eggs, three chicken eggs, or four pheasant eggs. Let the children in your life see the miracle of a hatching egg with this egg incubator.

Last, if you are really serious about hatching eggs, if this is something you want to do as a business venture or as part of a working farm, then you may want to check with the people at NatureForm Hatchery Systems. These egg incubators are designed with the professional poultry or bird raiser in mind.

Building Your Own Egg Incubator

If you are a do it yourself type of person, you may want to try your hand at building your own egg incubator at home. These home made incubators can be as simple or elaborate as you choose, and many plans and tips for making an egg incubator are available online. One good site for making your own simple egg incubator out of a common electric skillet can be found at FowlVisions.com. For a website that has links to many different egg incubator plans, head over to Feathersite.com. You’ll find plans for small incubators to the very large ones.

As you can see, the world of egg hatching is at your fingertips. There are many ways to buy, or make, an egg incubator, for whatever your needs. Get to hatching and experience the miracle of birth.

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