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post #31 of 40
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Originally Posted by Katy 

One sold for $10 the last farm auction I was at.  It was in rougher shape, but still fixable.


I would have been hauling it home!  roll  You really have to tell me when these auctions are.  wink

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post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by PriceFamilyFarms 

i agree 100% with greathorse!

They made these out of redwood for a reason - becase natural redwood and cedar are the only two woods than can handle the humidity. I had just read something the other night about how Leahy started the company in MO and how he was buying redwood by the train load to build these incubators.

I'll try to find the link to the story.

It was pretty interesting. The man knew an aweful lot about incubating and from what I read, he was pretty darn good at building, designing and using incubators.


Heck I dnt know what to do now. I want to make it look real nice, but as functionable as a wooden incubator can be.

post #33 of 40

I would try greathorse's suggestion and use an oil treatment. Get some linseed or other type of oil from Lowe's (it should be right next to the stains) and give it a good wipedown on THE OUTSIDE ONLY! It should clean it up pretty nice. I would not do anything to the interior parts or trays other than a damp rag and wipe it all down.

Did ya get a chance to clean off that heating coil and plug it in yet? Just curious if the fan and heating element was working.

On another note, I'm going to pick the one up that I found this weekend! I ran into our local co-op agent today and he hooked me up with all 3 of the local feed stores to supply them with chicks as well as the 4H club! So I need to start turning chicks out ASAP.

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post #34 of 40

I had one like that I just sold for $200.00.   But mine had the vent holes at the bottom and I put my turners on the trays and put the cords out the holes.  It worked great.   Good luck with it.   I never did move than 150 eggs because that's all I could collect in 8 days.  I had about 90% hatch rate.

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Originally Posted by ginbart 

I had one like that I just sold for $200.00.   But mine had the vent holes at the bottom and I put my turners on the trays and put the cords out the holes.  It worked great.   Good luck with it.   I never did move than 150 eggs because that's all I could collect in 8 days.  I had about 90% hatch rate.


Wow...90% that is awesome for an old bator like this

post #36 of 40
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well I've been told NOT to sand and seal so i won't be doing that. On the other hand i was suggested to "Oil" my old redwood incubator with special oil. I was wanting to know if there was any one who had experience in rejuvenating old wood with oil and could tell me what i need to get. I was really wanting to replace all the metal part's on the outside of the bator too....to kinda spruce up its exterior metal looks, i.e the corners with metal plates covering them, the lock and latch on the front door, and hinges. At first i wanted to do gold hardware, but my girlfriend  suggested it make it look way to "modern" and that i should stick with making it look antique with a cast iron type approach. I agreed with her, now i don't know what color to get, cast iron, gloss black, flat black, matt black??? I was a little worried about the front latch and hinges because obviously they will need to be removed...but what im worried about is when it comes time to put new screws back into the old wood. I'm afraid i might damage the integrity of the old redwood if was not careful enough. That is one thing i really wanted to replace tho..."all the exterior metal's" simply because they are ether bent, rusty, or loose.

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=289133

so
far everyone is telling me NOT to sand and finish...but this guy did and it looks AMAZING!

post #38 of 40

I will Give you $60.00 for it!  coolwink

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post #39 of 40

I think from the looks of it the top should open up, I think that is where your humidity trays are. I would love to find an old Sears Redwood bator in good condition. And my vote is for either a matt black  or maybe brass finish hardware.

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post #40 of 40

The wafer does not heat up, but expands and shrinks to turn on or off the heat source, most likely the coil.

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