Introduction: Steampunk Egg

Picture of Steampunk Egg

Why? So the chicken can get out, of course.

... And I have an hour or so of spare time on Tuesday afternoons... :-)
It was hard to get good angles on the inside of this without funky shadows, but I got a few decent shots.

So here's the story:

In the mid 1800's, with the discovery of the boneless-skinless chicken, came a huge obstacle for chicken breeders. The problem was of course the shell-less eggs. So, like most of time when something is in the way of a new invention being economically viable, a solution was made. This contraption was steam powered and would keep the eggs warm, and then pop open after a certain number of weeks when the chicken was mature enough to survive outside its egg and move into a bucket. Shortly after the invention of this contraption the technology took off, like it tends to do, and all modern boneless-chicken breeding methods are based off this original design.

Obviously needs more work... Needs more gears and things. But I thought I'd post it as it is right now, since it may be a while before I get a chance to improve it.




timmycutts (author)2012-05-21

I must say, this is a fascinating concept, but I must also ask... how does the hatch open without the "boneless-skinless chicken" getting caught in the teeth of the gears?

woodstockbirdy (author)2010-03-17


ljones6 (author)woodstockbirdy2011-05-29

I agree! This is so cool!

yes, please give us an instructable, I want to make one of these.

mikaelthemycologist (author)2009-08-21

Call it the clockwork egg.

wenpherd (author)2009-03-18

normaly when i make somthing like this and peple ask why? i say cuz its so cool!

boogyheadabc (author)wenpherd2009-05-04

Yes it is cool! Mind putting up a video on how u got it to work (or if you have one send it to me plz)

wenpherd (author)2009-03-05

neat, but is that a fake egg if so how did you make it?

drinkmorecoffee (author)wenpherd2009-03-05

Real egg. I used a dremel. :)


Wolframite (author)2009-04-12

That's a really clever idea, I just have one question: when you have put the tiny steam engine and all the needed gears inside, how will you put the chicken inside!? Sorry, I couldn't resist. XD

deathpanda (author)2008-10-14

you could make it so the gear actually opened the hatch with a switch that reversed the direction at the top and bottom with a motor and some more gears. but its cool anyway i hope you take it out of concept

HeWantsRevenge (author)2008-09-23

great idea...more work needed

shooby (author)HeWantsRevenge2008-09-23


shooby (author)shooby2008-09-23

I'd call this a concept model. Also, try to make the gear teeth actually interlock, helps sell the idea.

drinkmorecoffee (author)shooby2008-09-24

Definitely a concept instructable. If it makes it past the concept stage you'll see another one pretty soon. The problem at the moment is time. And the gear teeth DO interlock, but I couldn't get a good picture showing that. :) Thanks for taking the time to give some feedback, -DMC

shooby (author)drinkmorecoffee2008-09-24

Yes. The teeth interlock, as in they're touching and all that. But, not in a way that you'd see in any steam-punk era machine, or any modern machine for that matter. If you use re-purposed parts, configure them how they were meant to be used, even if the object as a whole is non operational. Helps sell the idea.

Sandisk1duo (author)2008-09-23


LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-09-23

Not bad, but like you said it needs work

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