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So my chickens finally started laying and the eggs are fertile! So I figured, why not hatch a few chicks for fun and profit? The problem is I don't want to pay whatever an incubator costs for an incubator, so I'm building my own. Eventually I'll post the results, but here's what I've got so far.
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Planning on using the freezer section from an old double door mini fridge as the main enclosure, and a 15w lightbulb as the heat source.
The brains of the whole thing is my ancient Arduino, along with a TMP36GZ temperature sensor.
 

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I've raised pekins in the past, unfortunately it's too hot and dry where I live and I simply don't have the logistics to set up a pool for them. It seems that the Muscovys are probably more heat tolerant though, being a native species. An easy way to tell if eggs are fertile is to look for a white "bullseye" on the yolk, or you could incubate for a week then candle it and there should be veins and blood if it's fertile. My rooster is quite the opposite, he loves my hens lol. Your description of Muscovy meat has got me interested, I'll have to look into them. I wanted to get a cow, but my other half said we can't afford it so that may be a good alternative.
I'll be sure to post updates later on
 
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