~Wilds gqf Clone cabinet Bator~
I built this bator with the intentions of incubating and hatching emu or ostrich eggs, however that never came to be.
We use it now for only the final hatch times, day 18 and on depending on species being hatched
It basically has the sportsman's parts being used, got the heating element and two wafer thermostats with switches from gqf
and the fan is a X-large 110 volt computer type(purchased on ebay)
I also wired a light in between the element and thermostats so i know it is working and when the heat is being applied.. I used the wiring diagram right from on gqf website for the 1202 model and just skipped the part where the turner and toggle switch wiring came into the diagram.https://www.gqfmfg.com/pdf/1202%20Wiring%20Diagram.pdfThe small freezer i got, was out for trash and when i seen it sitting there on the side of the road, i thought that would work great for what i had in mind.., when i got it home, i cleaned it real good and began to work on it right away. First i took the door off and removed the plastic shelving from the door and cut a piece of paneling to fit in where the plastic door shelving was and then cut a hole through the metal door and paneling with a saws all and then added/glued Plexiglas on the outside of the door and the inside of it (Plexiglas was gotten for free off craigslist) also put some wooden trim around the plexi to make it look a bit stylish. Metal shelves being used are from the freezer its self as well as the power cord.
New cat litter boxes being used as hatching trays with shelf liners in the bottom for the chicks to hatch on to. A smaller tupperware dish for the humidity pan, then i also drilled some vent holes on the front and back of the freezer similar to a gqf cabinet with little doors to open and close for more ventilation if needed. Door latches are from an old pop up camper..
cost was around $75.00 for parts, labor was free and on me.,
I found it holds its temps much better than most of the foam bators being sold today.. I'm hoping the pic's are helpful more than anything with building one of your own..
One of these days I'm gonna build a hand turner rack system for it, to be able to incubate in it without touching any eggs, which i know how i want to build it, just need some time to get it done. Here on this page if you scroll down theres one sitting on the two saw horses and that is about what id like mine to look and work like.http://www.utm.edu/departments/cece/idea/incu.shtml
~Here's the pic's of the finished unit~
**Warning disclaimer**: When working with anything electrical, Make sure you do not have any exposed wires or component parts (screws, wire connections, etc) that are or can be exposed to human touch or your chicks, electrocution is very possible. Water, moister and electic don't go well together. Always power off of a GFI outlet when possible.