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I really enjoy DIY projects.  I'm experimenting with a DIY incubator for quail eggs.  I figure I have 2-3 weeks before the quail I have are old enough to start laying so I have time to play with it.  I've taken an old styrofoam cooler, put in a socket to hold a 15W bulb, two glasses for water, a screen to keep the hatched quail away from the bulb and I purchased a temp/humidity gauge.  First run was to place a couple of bricks in the bottom to create some thermal mass to have a heat sink.  Let it run over night.  Not a bad first run.  It reached and held at 106 degrees F and 79% humidity.  From what I've read 99.5 - 101 degrees F.  I took out the bricks as perhaps it's holding too much heat to see if I can get down to a more optimal range.  I removed one container of water to see if I can get the humidity down to around 60% as well.  

 

Interested to see if I can get it right where I need it.  :)

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If you want to spend a little more money, put in an adjustable thermostat that will turn the light on and off for you.  This is going to help a lot since the temp in your house swings (I assume),

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Originally Posted by paneubert View Post
 

If you want to spend a little more money, put in an adjustable thermostat that will turn the light on and off for you.  This is going to help a lot since the temp in your house swings (I assume),

 

 

Thank you.  I thought about it quite a bit and decided to just spring for an incubator.  I purchased a Yasoo on Amazon as it had 4.5 stars on the reviews.  It looks to have what I need for the small scale I'm going to use it for.  Says it holds 10 chicken eggs so I'll assume 15-20 quail eggs which is about the amount I'm looking at doing at one time.  Hoping it will do well for me.

 

I figure I still have a few weeks till they start laying so I have time to get the incubator delivered and also make the brooder and another cage (which I've already got half done).

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