Hatching eggs

@cattibre (160)
United States
September 9, 2012 12:48am CST
Does anyone know if it is possible to hatch chicken eggs using a heat lamp? I had a hen that decided to make her nest out in our field, but I didnt realize it until she didnt come home yesterday. We found her nest today, but she had already been off of it for most of the day. While I was at work my family decided they would be helpful and move all her eggs into the hen house. Problem now of course is she wont sit on them. With them being out in the sun all day and then getting cool would they still be hatchable? If so can I use a heat lamp? I am going to make an incubator tomorrow, but is that too late?
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@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
9 Sep 12
I must admit I dont know if it is possible hatching the eggs with the use of a heatlamp alone, I only know the temperature should be relatively constant and every once a while (few times during the day) the eggs need to be turned/moved around in a new position, else the chicken will not develop.
@cattibre (160)
• United States
10 Sep 12
I have been turning them every 4 to 6 hours. I dont know if that is enough or not, but its worth a try. I will post later if it works
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
10 Sep 12
I am indeed very currious if you succeed, but it may be possible doing it like that. Though I would expect the eggs would have to be keept equally warm. Did you make a nest alike things below the heating lamp?
@cattibre (160)
• United States
10 Sep 12
What I have done at this point is take a pan with sides, filled it with wood shavings, nestled the eggs in, added a bowl with a damp sponge for the humidity, and covered it lightly with plastic (not too tight so some of the dampness can escape). I do not have a barometer so I am not sure what the humidity is though. I placed the heat lamp at a good distance where the eggs are warm, but not hot. The only thing I still need right now is a thermometer so I can make sure they are staying at a constant temp.
9 Sep 12
hey cattibre, usually if eggs aren't place in incubator in three days they usually don't hatch,but try placing it under lamp for 23 days continuously i hope it hatched, let me know if it does, i am excited i always want to but i am scared wether the baby will survive or not so i never tried. Best of luck:)
@cattibre (160)
• United States
10 Sep 12
I am worried it will not work, but I figure they will not hatch anyway since she is not sitting on them. I will let you know if it works
• Philippines
9 Sep 12
Well, it's great to watch eggs hatch when you actually see them naked when the mother is not sitting on them. In fact the most possible way to watch them hatch is by using an incubator. I have once watched an egg hatch from an incubator but not with a heat lamp. Why don't you experiment if eggs can hatch with you using a heat lamp? Maybe you would discover it might be used and then you'd be famous. He he he. Anyway, i hope your eggs will hatch. Cheers!
@cattibre (160)
• United States
10 Sep 12
Thanks :) I am giving it a shot. I will let you know how it goes.
• India
17 Jan 13
LOL I think you made an incubator and could hatch the eggs.. Thanks for sharing, please let me know.
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
8 Dec 12
hi, yes,by using of lamps and lights can hatch the eggs,but of course the bulb should produce right heat to hatch the eggs,actually my brother used it once but i don't know the exactly temperature of the heat or the bulb,but he successfully hatched the egg by using of it.