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Incubator History...did you know?

LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning ModeratorManitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,865 admin

Those are EGGS in there!

Very, very interesting. I would like to know how they turned that many eggs. The design looks similar to a mud pizza oven with a few tweaks. I tried to find possible DIY instructions, but didn't find any. I would be very interested in finding some and learning just how they work. I bet it isn't very complicated as people make DIY incubators all the time.

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  • JimersonJimerson Super J Pilot Point, TXPosts: 263 admin

    Apparently they had workers turn the eggs!

    From the article:

    "A few rooms were used as accommodation for hatchery workers. Their main job was to monitor the fire and to turn eggs regularlyβ€”a crucial aspect of hatching. According to Phillip J. Clauer, an assistant teaching professor of animal science at Pennsylvania State University, egg-turning prevents embryo membrane from getting attached to the shell, which can lead to chicks hatching with deformities."


    Really cool idea overall.

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,865 admin

    I wasn't sure if they turned each by hand or had a method to turn more at once...that was what I wanted to know. One by one would take forever.

  • JimersonJimerson Super J Pilot Point, TXPosts: 263 admin

    By the look of the set up, I bet the turned them one by one. Especially if this is an ancient Egyptian technology; apparently they were no strangers to long and arduous tasks! πŸ˜…

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,865 admin

    Yes, I am leaning toward a very manual system, but maybe they moved a rug and hoped some would roll the right way? I read that the success rate was not very high, and if it was a chance thing by rolling eggs in this way, that would make sense.

    I could just not imagine being IN an incubator, rolling each egg. I guess it would be like a very hot & humid (and stinky) greenhouse. I wonder what health hazards existed because of this practice?

    My interest would be in building a similar very much smaller version. I'm not doing it, just fascinated with the idea of an outdoor pizza oven incubator...

  • GrammyprepperGrammyprepper Mamaw, retired RN, jack of all trades master of none Zone 5BPosts: 169 ✭✭✭

    And there lies Laurie's REAL interest....she wants the outdoor woodfired pizza oven LOL! ;)

  • cre8tiv369cre8tiv369 Posts: 68 ✭✭✭

    You mean to tell me pyramid construction workers were not fed pizza and beer? <gasp>

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,865 admin

    Oh don't you know it!!!

    I actually have a free plan downloaded for a Pompeii oven from Forno Bravo. Someday I hope to see it come to fruition. Yum...Pizza, bread, slow roasted everything...

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,865 admin
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