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Our homemade incubator - 400 egg capacity

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When it came time to add a fifth 'styro' type incubator I decided to build one big one...

 

It measures 31.5"x32"x19", it has 4x100w & 1x75w bulbs, 2 fans and it's run with a hot water heater thermostat...We're currently running 4 racks(164 eggs) with a max capacity of 10 racks...

 

 

I used 1/2" plywood(would use better next time) and had Lowes cut 2 pieces of plexiglass for me 12"x24" and 5x31" pieces of white wire shelving...Lowes will cut both for free, I tipped the kid though...So good so far...We currently have it set up to hatch and sell one rack a weekend...We also grow our own food(fodder) for our chickens, that has cut our food bill by 80%, but that's for another thread.

 

What we raise is in signature...

We now run Playin Chicken in Elizabethtown, KY!

 

We raise and breed exotic chickens & ducks!

 

Our breeds: Gold Laced, Silver Laced, White Crested Blue, Black Crested White and White Crested Black Polish, White, Buff and mixed colored Silkies, Golden Sebrights, Frizzles, Sizzles, Polizzles, Sultans, Pultans, Pekins(jumbo & crested) and mixed Runner Ducks!

 

We are also voluntary...

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We now run Playin Chicken in Elizabethtown, KY!

 

We raise and breed exotic chickens & ducks!

 

Our breeds: Gold Laced, Silver Laced, White Crested Blue, Black Crested White and White Crested Black Polish, White, Buff and mixed colored Silkies, Golden Sebrights, Frizzles, Sizzles, Polizzles, Sultans, Pultans, Pekins(jumbo & crested) and mixed Runner Ducks!

 

We are also voluntary...

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When it came time to add a fifth 'styro' type incubator I decided to build one big one...

It measures 31.5"x32"x19", it has 4x100w & 1x75w bulbs, 2 fans and it's run with a hot water heater thermostat...We're currently running 4 racks(164 eggs) with a max capacity of 10 racks...


I used 1/2" plywood(would use better next time) and had Lowes cut 2 pieces of plexiglass for me 12"x24" and 5x31" pieces of white wire shelving...Lowes will cut both for free, I tipped the kid though...So good so far...We currently have it set up to hatch and sell one rack a weekend...We also grow our own food(fodder) for our chickens, that has cut our food bill by 80%, but that's for another thread.

What we raise is in signature...

Looks great.. so you used 10 turners?
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Looks great.. so you used 10 turners?

Currently 4, but yes, each with its own.

And it's working great, once we tweaked the lights and fan to perfection, it's been on cruise control and pumping them out!!!
Edited by kysilkies - 5/23/16 at 5:15pm

We now run Playin Chicken in Elizabethtown, KY!

 

We raise and breed exotic chickens & ducks!

 

Our breeds: Gold Laced, Silver Laced, White Crested Blue, Black Crested White and White Crested Black Polish, White, Buff and mixed colored Silkies, Golden Sebrights, Frizzles, Sizzles, Polizzles, Sultans, Pultans, Pekins(jumbo & crested) and mixed Runner Ducks!

 

We are also voluntary...

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We now run Playin Chicken in Elizabethtown, KY!

 

We raise and breed exotic chickens & ducks!

 

Our breeds: Gold Laced, Silver Laced, White Crested Blue, Black Crested White and White Crested Black Polish, White, Buff and mixed colored Silkies, Golden Sebrights, Frizzles, Sizzles, Polizzles, Sultans, Pultans, Pekins(jumbo & crested) and mixed Runner Ducks!

 

We are also voluntary...

Reply
post #4 of 6
What is made from? A fridge or cupboard, its hard to tell from the pics. Looks good though, incubators can be so expensive so if you have made it correctly them you'll be saving a fortune.
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Looks to be an bagged ice merchandiser from a convenience store. You can find non working glass door fridges and merchandisers at restaurant auctions under $20.
What's your costs on the conversion?
Edited by Percheron chick - 5/24/16 at 7:38am
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Just 1/2" plywood bought at lowes, some screws, light sockets and a thermostat, total bill, $124.
Sorry about pics, here's more:


We now run Playin Chicken in Elizabethtown, KY!

 

We raise and breed exotic chickens & ducks!

 

Our breeds: Gold Laced, Silver Laced, White Crested Blue, Black Crested White and White Crested Black Polish, White, Buff and mixed colored Silkies, Golden Sebrights, Frizzles, Sizzles, Polizzles, Sultans, Pultans, Pekins(jumbo & crested) and mixed Runner Ducks!

 

We are also voluntary...

Reply

We now run Playin Chicken in Elizabethtown, KY!

 

We raise and breed exotic chickens & ducks!

 

Our breeds: Gold Laced, Silver Laced, White Crested Blue, Black Crested White and White Crested Black Polish, White, Buff and mixed colored Silkies, Golden Sebrights, Frizzles, Sizzles, Polizzles, Sultans, Pultans, Pekins(jumbo & crested) and mixed Runner Ducks!

 

We are also voluntary...

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