I picked up a cabinet incubator today. guy made it out of a wine refrigerator. He used a space heater element and fan, coming through the bottom at the back. he took out all the refrigeration parts. No turners, but I have one, which for now will suffice for me. He said he'd built 2, one for his kids, and one for a friends kids, for 4H....said they did 2 hatches each, all 4 hatches were over 80% success rate.....I'll know soon enough if that was a sales pitch or true, LOL
Fan/heater pulls air in, a few holes in the top of the sides for ventilation. He bought a digital thermostat control, Inkbird? never heard of it, but it seems to work well. He used an automatic repitile tank mister for humidity, but that didn't come with it. I'll use a tray with sponges, there's a hole in the side to run a tube in and down to it.
Currently I have the probe hanging where my hatching tray is, another thermometer on that level to check it, and one on the top shelf and in the bottom. It's circulated, but I want to know what it does at each level before I put eggs in it. I also have a couple different hygrometers in it at different levels as well....
We cleaned the inside, and I took the HW cloth off the racks. I've made one divided hatching tray, will do the other later. I want to be able to keep my eggs separate by breed, or if I hatch some for someone else....
the turner I have will fit perfectly on that top tray, the other two will be for hatching and the bottom is where I'll put the tray for the sponges.
The temp goes up to 101, then changes to 'cool' even tho there's no cooling unit, when it gets back to 99, the heater kicks back on. going to let it sit overnight and see what each level says and judge from there if it needs to be changed
so what do you think?
Edited by PapaChaz - 3/21/16 at 5:37pm