I just got some EPDM rubber "P" profile weatherstripping 3/8" w x 1/4" thick, a 17' roll for about $5. It handles large gaps better than the flat closed cell foam tape, and compresses better as well. There are no light leaks at any of the seams now. The door, back panel, and top all have weatherstripping around the perimeter, and the divider board that mounts the fan where it meets the top of the cabinet.
I got my GQF turkey egg trays. They are Robbins 6 x 6, and require trimming of one to 6 x 4 or both to 6 x 5. For versatility with my existing trays, I cut half of them to 6 x 4, which means fully loaded I can incubate 150 turkey or duck or peafowl eggs.
I also ordered a water pan float and valve from GQF, with the intention of building my own humidity pan. They were kind enough to ship me the full pan with hoses, quick disconnects, and humidity pads. I just need to grab a bucket and fit it with a hose nipple and I will have a fully automatic humidity system.
I'd love to have a hatcher. I saw a couple on the market locally but they were priced like new, and if I am going to pay like new, I want like new, not like what I've seen. I know I will end up building one. It won't be much of a task.
I had this really cool idea for building a combo hatcher/brooder. The chicks would graduate to the brooder when they can make their way out of the hatcher. When the hatch is complete, the hatcher box would be removed for cleaning, and the chicks would not need to be disturbed further.
Edited by WalnutHill - 10/24/15 at 9:09pm