Oh, I think so. I have no use for hatching chicken eggs (it isn’t even possible because of my lack of a noisy rooster), but I will be needing to hatch quail eggs. Japanese quail do not often go broody and set their eggs, so an incubator intervention of sorts is necessary to keep their cycle going.
Enter the MacGyver’d incubator. I am gathering common elements from various egg incubators I see in pictures, print, and around the web, to put together an easy and inexpensive (and hopefully functional) incubator for quail. I’m not sure which route I am going to go yet: wooden box, styrofoam ice chest, or plastic ice chest, but I am leaning towards wooden. I have to assume that I will be incubating eggs frequently so I will need something sturdy. This puppy will also have a nifty gadget for turning eggs. 😉
Anyone out there who has an incubator or has built one, please weigh in on your favorite features and parts that seem irrelevant to hatching.