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Wood2876's Chicken Incubator


I decided for a weekend project, I would build an incubator.  I went to Lowe’s, TSC, and Petco to get supplies.  I spent about $200.00 total.  The Zilla Thermostat I purchased at Petco was $49.95.
1.      (6) 2’ x  2’ x ¼” plywood
2.      (6) 1” x 2” x 8’ boards
3.      (2) 8” x 10” plexiglass
4.      (1) 3/8” threaded rod
5.      3/8” flat washers & nuts
6.      (1) ¼” threaded rod
7.      ¼” flat washers & nuts
8.      (2) dimmer switches & (1) double light switch box
9.      12” x 18” piece of stainless steel
10.  #6 1” screws
11.  #6 1 ½” screws
12.  1 3/8” screw eye
13.  (Pack of 6) ¾” poly foam
14.  (4) 1 ½” x 1 ½” corner metal
15.  (4) metal repair strips
16.  (2) window latches
17.  (2) hinges
18.  Dual outdoor light fixture & (2) 60 watt flood lights
19.  Roll of door strip seal
Wire cloth
Zilla 1000 watt thermostat
The outside measurements are 2’ x 2’.  I stared out building the frame with the 1” x  2” boards.  I attached the bottom, top, and both side panels.  I then trimmed the front and back panels.  I attached the back panel.  I used liquid nails to attach the poly foam to the inside of the panels.  I drilled a hole for the fan cord in the back.  I drilled a hole in the top for the wiring from the light fixture.  I attached the light fixture.   I then built a shelf 12” wide and attached it to 1” x  2” boards.  I attached the fan to the shelf.  I placed the shelf and frame inside and attached with screws.  I made the frame for the egg trays 18” X  18”.  I attached the wire cloth to the tray frames with roofing screws.  I attached the metal corner frames to the trays while placing the wire cloth.  I attached the metal repair strips to the metal frame.  I drilled a hole in the sides to place the 3/8” thread rod through.  I started two nuts on the rod after placing it through one side.  I then pushed it through the corner metal placing two more nuts.  I placed two more nuts on the rod before pushing it through the other corner metal.  I placed two more nuts on the rod before pushing it through the other side.  I placed two nuts on the rod on both side on the outside.  This is time consuming because you have to keep adjusting the nuts as you go.  I then centered the trays and tightened the nuts against the corner metal.  I drilled a hole through the top.  I placed an eye on the top tray facing the front.  I then pushed the ¼” rod down and secured it to the eye on the tray.  I did this so I could turn the trays without having to open the door.  I placed an eye on the top near the hole.  I placed a wing nut on the rod at the top to tilt the trays toward the back.  I attached a piece of wire to the handle I made out of 1” x 2” so when I loosen the wing nut, I can push down on the rod to tilt the trays forward.  When the handle is down where I want it, I secure the wire to the eye to hold it in place.  I drilled three 7/8” holes in each side between the trays for fresh air.  I used heavy duty extension cord wire to wire the lights and placed a plug on the end to plug into the thermostat.  I attached an eye on the side to hold the Zilla Thermostat.  I trimmed the front panel for the door.  I cut a hole for the plexiglass.  I used a plexiglass panel on the outside and inside.  I cut the poly foam and attached to the door.  I attached 1” x 2” around the outside of the door.  I placed the hinges on and then the window latches.  I then used the rope style door seal around the inside of the door. 

I didn’t really have any plans other than just in my head. 

To my surprise everything worked when I was finished.  The temperature is holding at 100 degrees without any fluctuation.  The humidity is holding at 35% to 41% without any water.

I couldn't wait any longer so I set 36 eggs just to try my luck at incubating for the first time.

So here are the pictures of the finished product.  I didn’t take any while I was working.

Front Side with air holes Tilting Handle & Light Dimmer on top

Zilla Thermostat Viewing Window & Tilting rod Inside

Egg Tray Mounting Humidity, Temperature, Eggs 

Update: 04-17-2010

It works.  It is day 20 and the hatch has started.  So far three have hatched and several more have pipped.

    Eggs Hatching Hatched Chick

Update: 04-19-2010

85% Hatch Rate - This is the 1st time I have ever used an incubator.

1st hatch 85% hatch rate


Comments (1)

this is what i have been looking for a incbator tha can massly hacthe eggs
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